Switzerland: citizenship process suspended after Muslim boys refused to shake hands female teachers

Switzerland suspended the citizenship process of a family of two Muslim teenage boys after they refused to shake hands with school teachers who were female.


The fourteen and fifteen year old boys said that physical contact with females goes against their religious beliefs. The boys were then told not to shake the hands of male teachers either to avoid discrimination.


Politicians in the country say that shaking hands is part of the national culture regardless of religious beliefs.


Activists said that there is over three hundred and fifty thousand muslims currently living in Switzerland and many Muslim groups agree that was no religious justification for refusing to shake the hand of female teachers encouraging the country not give in to extremist beliefs.


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