We have yet another outrage by a devout Muslim who believes that she should not only require others to follow her views of morality but is willing to punish children deemed immoral. In Southern Egypt, a teacher in Luxor forced two 12-year-old girls to hold their hands above their heads for two hours and then cut off some of their hair in front of the class to punish them for not wearing Muslim headscarves or hijab.
There has been an upsurge in religious orthodoxy after the “Arab Spring” led to the new Islamic government in the country.
This outrage occurred in the village of Qurna in Luxor province and the parents objected to the public humiliation and punishment. The school agreed that it was wrong, but the teacher was simply transferred to another school. So a teacher physically abuses two young girls in front of a class and then verbally abuses them. She then cuts off their hair to force conformity with the teacher’s religious views. The result? The teacher is allowed to teach children in another school rather than be fired and charged with criminal assault. The fact that she only cut off a few inches of hair does not matter. It was a humiliating and potential criminal act of child abuse.
What is equally disconcerting is that the teacher repeatedly stated that she expected all children to comply with her views of moral dress without any apparent action from the school. Equally chilling is that, according to reports, a student handed her the scissors and demanded that she carry out her threat against the girls — adding a type of group participation in the punishment of these children.
It is astonishing that an adult believes such disgraceful conduct against children constitutes a moral act.