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

Published: May 11, 2015
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PHOTO: REUTERS

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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Reader Comments (7)

  • Zafar
    May 11, 2015 - 3:10PM

    No wonder Danes are among the happiest people on earth …. rule of law!!!Recommend

  • Zain
    May 11, 2015 - 4:03PM

    In all honesty if they knew she was a muslim( which one can assume they did ) then it was their responsibility to uphold a flexible system in which muslims can continue to do all the activities as any other student can. I think this compensation was a good form of justice for her. Recommend

  • Citizen26
    May 11, 2015 - 4:32PM

    @Zafar:
    Is that girl really happy and is school management really happy as well?Recommend

  • Karen
    May 11, 2015 - 7:00PM

    I wish she had not capitulated. I would feel exactly the same way if someone tried to make me eat dogmeat or worms. Religion or squeamishness as the reason, no one should try to force someone to eat something they consider to be disgusting. She was wrong, the school was wrong.Recommend

  • May 11, 2015 - 11:23PM

    The culinary school shouldn’t have done this. They have been rightly fined. It is wrong to force someone to eat or drink or act in a way that one does not agree to because of difference due to one’s religious or cultural upbringing.

    It was difficult for me to eat perfectly halal boiled rice topped with raw egg when I visited South Korea. I will be very reluctant to think of eating crabs even. I am not sure if squids are permissible in Islam but I wouldn’t dare to try them anyway.

    International community should be tolerant, and should strive to ensure that it accepts people to be part of international study groups with more ease and respect.Recommend

  • May 11, 2015 - 11:24PM

    They should have in fact be fined the higher fine sum of Dollars 75000 (mentioned in the article).Recommend

  • Zafar
    May 12, 2015 - 11:27AM

    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??Recommend

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