A Muslim women's campaigner has backed a Catholic school's decision to ban a girl of four from wearing the hijab in class.

Shaista Gohir, of the Muslim Women's Network, said making young children wear the headscarf was as bad as kids having spray tans and pole dancing lessons.

And she insisted it was not a requirement of the faith for young girls of that age.

Ms Gohir said the hijab was designed to discourage sexual advances from men and enforcing it on young children could "sexualise" them.

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