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UK university launches inquiry into segregated Islam lecture

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 15, 2013 in World
Leicester - The University of Leicester has launched an inquiry after the student Islamic society hosted a public lecture with gender segregated seating.
An inquiry has been launched after the University of Leicester Islamic Society (ULISoc) held a gender segregated lecture as part of an Islamic Awareness week. According to the Guardian ULISoc posted a message on their website stating "In all our events, (the society) operate a strict policy of segregated seating between males and females." The message was removed once the paper contacted the society.
A university spokesperson said: "The University of Leicester does not permit enforced segregation at public events. The university will investigate whether entrances to the hall for this event were segregated by the society and will ensure there is no recurrence of this."
The lecture, which was held in March, featured guest speaker Hamza Tzortzis. He was also present at the controversial gender segregated debate on Islam versus Atheism held at University College London in the same month. UCL subsequently banned the Islamic group responsible from taking part in future events on the campus.
According to the Commentator campus segregation is not an isolated event. Rupert Sutton, of the campus watchdog Student Rights claims gender segregation is consistently used by Islamic societies. He said: "While this may be portrayed as voluntary by those who enforce it, the pressure put on female students to conform and obey these rules that encourage subjugation should not be underestimated."
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