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Court rules that Rastafarianism is a religion

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,13TH SEPT 2019-The high court on Friday ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion just like any other and they should be treated as the rest.

Justice Chacha Mwita read the judgement in a case in which a minor was chased away from school on January 10 for having dreadlocks.

The court ruled that the decision by Olympic High School to exclude her from school because of her dreadlocks is unconstitutional, saying it’s a manifestation of her religion

Her parents had argued that the locks signify their faith and she can’t shave.

“Keeping rastas is her way of professing her faith and it’s wrong to compel her to shave which is against her religion.”

The minor indicated in her admission form that her religion was Rastafarian.  The stance taken by the school is contrary to the law.

In the suit papers  the father says the action of the school amounts to discrimination on the basis of her Rastafarian beliefs.


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