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  Girl loses fight to wear jilbab
Updated 15 June 2004, 11.00

Shabina Begum wanted to wear her jilbab to school
A schoolgirl has lost her fight to wear a jilbab - a long dress worn by many Muslims - in the classroom.

Shabina Begum, 15, hasn't gone to school since September 2002 because she's not allowed to wear the dress.

She took her case to court saying her religious rights and education were being denied because of this.

But Denbigh High School in Luton said the jilbab was a health and safety risk, and it already offered another uniform for its Muslim pupils.

The judge in the High Court - the top court in England - said he didn't think Shabina had been excluded from school, and added he didn't believe the school's decision was against her human rights.

He also said she won't be allowed to argue against his decision in the Court of Appeal.

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