A 15-year-old Muslim schoolboy studying in Switzerland has been told he must agree to shaking hands with female teachers or face being fined and disciplined.
Amer Salhani lost his appeal after refusing to shake hands at the school in Therwil in April, an action he said went against his religious beliefs. He and his fellow pupils will now receive fines of up to 5,000CHF (£4,000) for refusing to comply.
Mr Salhani and his older brother were initially granted a temporary waiver while the local teaching authority discussed the issue, but education officials agreed “a teacher has the right to demand a handshake” from any of their pupils.
The school initially tried to reach a compromise by allowing the pupils to refuse handshakes from female teachers, but the ruling was met with international criticism and quickly abolished.
The older brother left the school in June, but the younger has remained and reportedly still refused to shake hands with female teachers at the start of the current academic year, according to the news website Blick.