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The lawsuit of the Muslim student who requested the permission of religious rituals in the school is rejected

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A Muslim student of a school in London has lost the court case in the Supreme Court regarding the ban on the practice of religious rituals, the BBC reports.

Michaela School in Brent was taken to court by the student over a policy it said banned religious rituals.

The student said that the rule was discriminatory.

Legal representatives from the high school stated in the Supreme Court that allowing religious rituals risked "minimizing inclusion" among students.

About half of the school's approximately 700 students are Muslim.

The court dismissed the schoolgirl's lawsuit in a ruling issued Tuesday morning.
The case is being seen as supporting the right of non-religious schools to make their own decisions about whether they want to set aside time and space for students to pray.

The founder of the school, Katharine Birbalsingh, said through a post on the social network "X", that the decision was a "victory for all schools".

"Schools should not be forced by a child and her mother to change their approach simply because they have decided they don't like something at school," Birbalsingh wrote.

In the lawsuit submitted against the leaders of the "Michaela Community Schools Trust" school in London, the student claimed that the ban on religious rituals violated her right to freedom of religion.

"The student knew that the school is secular and that she would be subject to restrictions to practice her religion," says the 83-page decision of the Supreme Court, which rejects the student's lawsuit.

On the other hand, the judge accepted the student's objection to a decision to temporarily exclude her from school.