Two students, teacher asked to remove veils to visit a Roman Catholic school

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Lancashire, June 30 (ANI): Two students and their teacher from Islamic school in Lancashire were asked to remove their face veils in order to visit a Roman Catholic school in Blackburn.

The three were visiting St Mary's College to attend its annual open day function.

While the two girls agreed to take off their veils, their teacher refused to take it off. Subsequently, she taken to the administration office of the college and told that she would not be allowed on the premises, the Telegraph reports.

St Mary's College defended the move on Monday and claimed that the college staff had requested them to remove the traditional Islamic veils as they were against the school's dress policy.

"At the start of one of our taster days for prospective students last week, some visitors did arrive wearing the veil. When the policy was explained to them, all except one were willing to remove it. This lady, a member of staff at the school, refused, and opted to leave the premises," said Kevin McMahon, principal of St Mary's College.

Meanwhile, muslim leaders in UK have condemned the college's reaction, and claimed that their action threatened to re-ignite the debate over religious clothing.

"I am very disappointed with the incident that took place," said Abdul Quereshi, chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques. (ANI)

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