Kenyan Judge rules Rastafarianism a religion and should be protected

A Kenyan Judge has ruled it is wrong to compel a school girl to cut her hair as it is against her beliefs.

A judge in Kenya has ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion that needs to be protected like any other.

The ruling is part of a case involving a minor who was banned from school for having dreadlocks.

The 15 year old student at Olympic High School in the capital Nairobi, was sent home for sporting dreadlocks in January.

School administrators argued that the hair style was not part of the official uniform.

High Court Judge Enoch Chacha Mwita ruled that the school’s directive was unconstitutional since dreadlocks signify the girl’s Rastafari faith.

“A child has a constitutional right to basic education. Keeping rastas is her way of professing her faith and its wrong to compel her to shave which is against her religion,” he is quoted to have ruled.

The girl’s father had gone to court to challenge the expulsion, arguing that his family adheres to the teachings of Rastafarianism.

Kenya’s constitution guarantees citizens rights to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.

Rastafarianism originated in Jamaica

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