A Dutch court on Monday ruled that the Don Bosco College in Volendam, a town north of Amsterdam, can refuse to allow its students to wear Islamic headscarves. A 15-year-old school student Imane Mahssan had brought the test case.

The Judge said a ban on headscarves fitted in with the Roman Catholic character of the school which also disallows symbols of other non-Catholic religions. The court found that the headscarves ban did not limit freedom of expression and that the school was not discriminating on religious grounds.

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