UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women’s Driving Ban “Unlawful”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission says it is “unlawful” for haredi schools to expel students if their mothers defy rabbinic bans and drive them to school, the Times of Israel reported.
The commission issued its statement Sunday after British news outlets reported on a ban on women driving issued by the Belz hasidic sect. That ban – which was first reported by Behadrei Haredim in Hebrew and then by FailedMessiah.com in English (and here) – includes the threat to expel all children of women who violate the ban.
“This sort of discrimination has no place in our society and we will be writing to leaders of the Belz educational institutions to underline their legal obligations.…it is unlawful to ban children from school attendance because their mothers, rather than their fathers, drive them there,” a Commission spokesperson said in a statement.
British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan lashed out at the ban late last week.
"This is completely unacceptable in modern Britain. If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take any necessary action to address the situation," Morgan said.