Two Muslim students targeted for discrimination at a university in the German city of Munich have received an official apology from the school following widespread outrage over the incident on social media.
HM Hochschule Munchen said on Twitter that it “sincerely apologized” to students who were asked by instructors to remove their headscarves during online exams to dispel suspicion of cheating.
“Religious head coverings cannot be compared to ordinary fashion accessories, and they must be handled differently,” university management said and promised it would change instructions to exam supervisors to ensure respect. of religious freedom.
One of the students, who faced the discriminatory practice, thanked social media users for their support via her “_kb.ra” Instagram account but also criticized management for their late response to the incident.
She stressed that Muslim students will continue their efforts until the university management guarantees equal treatment and ends discriminatory practices.
“We won’t stop until justice is done,” she said on her Instagram account.
Although the German Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, Muslims, especially women wearing the headscarf, often face discriminatory practices in education and in the labor market.
The country has seen a rise in racism and Islamophobia in recent years, fueled by propaganda from neo-Nazi groups and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Germany, a country of over 83 million people, has the second largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Of the approximately 5.3 million Muslims in the country, 3 million are of Turkish origin.