Turkish Appeal Against Scarf Law

February 27, 2008

Author: Pam O'Toole

Source: BBC News


Turkey's main pro-secular opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn a reform allowing headscarves in universities.

The Republican People's Party said the reform violated the secular principles of Turkey's constitution.

The reform - approved by parliament earlier this month - has prompted major controversy in Turkey.

Many secularists in the country equate the wearing of the headscarf with political Islam.

The issue has split Turkey's educational establishment.