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Marks & Spencer criticised for stocking hijabs in 'school essentials' section

Daily Record logoDaily Record 11/10/2018 Sarah Lumley
a group of people walking in front of a store: Marks and Spencer have come under criticism for selling the hijab © Getty and M&S Marks and Spencer have come under criticism for selling the hijab

Marks & Spencer has sparked a row after it began to stock hijabs in its school uniform section.

The company's social media pages have been flooded with messages regarding the hijabs, which are on sale for just £6 in their 'School Essentials' section.

Dozens of disgruntled customers have threatened to boycott the store until the black headscarf is removed from stock.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Credits: Marks and Spencer

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Lorraine Smith wrote: "Disgusting. How could you profit from something that promotes degradation to woman and children? It's obscene!

"For a company struggling with profits, bad move. I and many others will boycott until it is removed. Unbelievable."

Melissa Turnbull, from Renfrewshire in Scotland, posted on the store's Facebook page: "Why are you selling burkas for primary aged girls? Have you lost the plot?

"Covering four-year-old is part of a disgusting sexualisation of children perpetrated by the cult of Islam and has no place in the UK.

"I won't be shopping in your stores until you stop this."

And Cassy Simmons-Thornton, from London, added: "Can you please explain why you are selling a hijab for young children and helping the oppression of women from a young age?

"A lot of people will now boycott your stores."

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Julie Raven, from Brighton, also commented: "Why are you selling hijabs for infant-school-aged girls?

"Are you implying that their bodies are immodest and may inflame men? You need to take a good look at yourselves."

Addressing the complaints on their Twitter page on Thursday, Marks & Spencer wrote: "We provide bespoke uniforms for 250 schools across the country.

"They tell us which items they need as part of their school uniform list, and for a number of schools this year, they requested the option of the hijab."


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