Saudi varsity to dismiss female students for cutting hair

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A Saudi university on Tuesday sent a warning to its female students of immediate dismissal for imitating men in haircuts and outfits, a media report said on Tuesday.

The Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh sent the warning messages, while the decision will be enforced staring April.

The university stressed that anyone who violates the rule would be suspended immediately without previous warning.

“The decision covers women with very short haircuts as such styles are considered by conservative Muslims as a sin for imitating men,’’ it noted.

Report says Saudi Arabia follows gender segregation in all walks in life, including education and female students in different education levels study in separate buildings from males.

They are also taught by females, except at universities, while in case of male teachers they are either teach behind partitions or the students should be fully covered.

In 2002, fifteen girls killed in a fire at their school in Mecca when religious police stopped the females from leaving the building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress.

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

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