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Twelve-Year-Old Muslim Girl Removed From School in London Over Temporary Henna Tattoos

Twelve-Year-Old Muslim Girl Removed From School in London Over Temporary Henna Tattoos
Twelve-Year-Old Muslim Girl Removed From School in London Over Temporary Henna Tattoos

A twelve-year-old Muslim girl was removed from her school in London over henna tattoos that she wore to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Ayah Lakehal was pulled from her class at the Ark Global Academy in south-east London for three hours over the school’s uniform policy, her mother claimed.

The school insists that she was taken out only for an hour as a “decision was being made”, but that she faced no additional sanctions or punishment.

Her mother, Layla Harhala, said that she felt “angry, upset and disappointed”, over the treatment of her daughter.

Muslim females decorate their hands and other parts of their body with temporary henna tattoos on festive occasions.

Henna body art is common in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, and patterns can last up to two weeks.

Henna, which is derived from a plant, is also used as hair dye.

Ayah said that she felt discriminated against her religion, and felt “really pressured” about the Muslim festivals that she can celebrate “only once or twice a year”.

A spokesperson for Ark Global Academy said that henna tattoos are not included in their uniform policy guidelines, which is why the school took an hour to consider whether Ayah should continue with lessons or not.

The school’s uniform guideline includes a ban on make-up and jewelry.

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