Muslim rules on dating
The couple then lodged their case with the ECHR, alleging that the requirement to send their daughters to mixed swimming lessons violated Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The ECHR unanimously threw out their complaint, finding there had been no violation of freedom of religion, and that Switzerland’s right to facilitate “successful social integration according to local customs and mores” took precedence over parents’ wish to refuse.
The Chamber judgement is not final and may be referred to the ECHR’s Grand Chamber by any party’s request over the next three months.
Germany's highest court made a similar ruling in December, rejecting an appeal by parents who argued that their 11-year-old daughter should be excused from swimming classes.
The ECHR's latest judgement comes amid continuing national debate over the role of Islam in society and education in Switzerland.
Other legal cases have focused on the requirement for male Muslim pupils to shake their female teachers’ hands in schools.
A 15-year-old boy from Therwil lost his appeal on religious grounds in September, meaning he and his fellow pupils will now receive fines of up to CHF 5,000 (£4,000) for refusing to comply.
” Iqbal was ashamed that she kept her 3-month old relationship a secret.Switzerland has won a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case allowing it to force Muslim parents to send their daughters to mixed school swimming lessons.A panel of seven judges found that freedom of religion had been “interfered with” but that the move was legitimised by the aim of “social integration”.While this provides practice at being with the opposite sex, it can also fray family and friendship bonds.Although dating is off-limits for these religious Muslim teens, they are allowed supervised visits with a potential spouse, who they are encouraged to meet through their network of family or friends.