Danish culinary school fined $6,000 for forcing Muslim student to eat pork

School officials told 24-year-old student she would have to taste the food she cooked like all other students

Web Desk May 11, 2015
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DENMARK: A Danish court ordered a culinary school to pay $6,000 in damages to a Muslim student after she was allegedly made to taste pork as part of her studies.

The 24-year-old student, who moved to Denmark from Libya when she still was a baby, attended the Holstebro Culinary School, named after the town where it is located.

According to a local newspaper, the student whose name they chose not to disclose was told by school officials that she would have to taste the food she cooked like all other students.

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Dishes cooked by the group contained pork which Muslims abstain from consuming due to religious reasons.

Her refusal prompted the school officials to ask her to taste the food and swallow the pork dishes.

The student managed to record the conversation which took place with the school officials which she later presented as evidence in court.

It appeared that the student was informed that pork and wine would be in the recipes, but she was only informed that trying prepared dishes was compulsory after the course began.

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She then insisted that she was being discriminated against on religious grounds and filed a complaint to The Equal Treatment Board against the school.

Her claim was upheld by the board, which ordered the school to pay the student $75,000 in moral charges.

The culinary school later challenged the verdict in the Danish High Court, saying that the woman had not graduated as she missed classes too often.

The High Court upheld the lower court's decision, but ordered the school to pay a smaller sum in compensation of $6,000.

This article originally appeared on RT news

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Zafar | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend Citizen26 If you really want to know you can ask them about their level of happiness. Now let us reverse this situationlet us say for instance a Hindu girl is forced to eat beef in Pakistan by someone ... how long and hard it would be for her to get justice??
Sarah Rehan | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend They should have in fact be fined the higher fine sum of Dollars 75000 (mentioned in the article).
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