UK: Ministers order takeover of Muslim school where books said men could beat and rape wives

The government has ordered the takeover of one of England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools, an institution where a child died and offensive books were found in the library, The Times reports. The books stated that a husband can beat his wife and insist on having sex with her. They were found in the library of the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001.

The British Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills critically reported also the school’s policy of segregating boys and girls, which sparked a lengthy legal battle which is still ongoing.