Does she have a point? Is it double standards?

What is your opinion?

Student refuses to remove cap in Bromley College unless Muslim women remove their headdresses.

Caroline Powell, of Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, is attending Greenwich University, which uses facilities in Bromley College, Rookery Lane.


While inside the Bromley College buildings, the 39-year-old has been told repeatedly to remove her cap, but believes that, while Muslim women are allowed to wear headdresses, this represents “double standards”.

The 39-year-old told News Shopper: “It started in September last year when I got stopped at the door by a woman and she said ‘you need to take your cap off’. “It is a small black leather cap but it’s part of my identity. She said ‘you need to take it off, they are the rules’. “A Muslim woman walked in behind me and I asked if she was going to ask her to take off her headdress. ..”

Bromley College explained to Miss Powell her cap should be removed for security reasons. “They said it was so they could ID all users of the college, so nothing can obscure their face. But all these Muslim women are walking in with scarves across their face.”


2 responses to “Does she have a point? Is it double standards?

  1. Muslim women cover their head due to religious reasons and beliefs. Most likely, they cover their head all the time and therefore in a college they must have their photo taken for their ID card with their headscarves on. Therefore, it would be easier to recognise them as they would look like they do in the picture. However, if the 39 year old lady wears a cap, it is not for religious reasons. So, lawfully, they are allowed to tell her to take it off. On the other hand I understand that she feels that it is part of her identity but that again comes down to the ID card photos. Do they look the same in them? Would there e trouble recognising her?

    I don’t agree that it’s double standards. I believe that people covering their head for religious reasons should be accepted and not discriminated against.


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