A young Syrian girl and her father, arrested by religious police in Idlib province, have been freed after vociferious protests from her classmates.
Several male members of Idlib’s al-Hisba, or religious police, reportedly visited al-Orouba School for Girls without prior warning at the end of last month to inspect whether the girl’s clothing was sharia-compliant. 
According to eyewitnesses, five girls whose overcoats whose hems were more than 5cm from the ground were ordered to leave. 
When one challenged the police, she was arrested – as was her father when he arrived at the school. 
However, after an impromptu brave protest in defence of their friend, al-Hisba were cajoled into letting the pair go without charge. 
“Female students know what it means to wear sharia-appropriate clothing, and they were already dressing modestly. Women here wear long clothing. It’s not tight fitting. But the religious police have such exacting standards that it’s ridiculous,” one student, speaking anonymously, told …
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