Women have been banned from a British swimming pool so that Muslim men can have it to themselves for a weekly men-only session.
The swimming event enforces a religiously-sanctioned dress code https://t.co/zJq2n1UuXZ— Heat Street (@heatstreet) August 4, 2016
No females can attend sessions at the publicly-funded Inspire Sports village in Luton, Bedfordshire, while the so-called Alhamdulliah swimming event takes place.
The subsidised event has a strictly-enforced Islamic dress code which forced men to cover up more than usual – and makes sure that women are nowhere near the pool.
Female swimmers have attacked the operators for handing over a popular slot – 8:30pm to 9:30pm – to “one section of the community” who have been able to secure the slot.
They have been allowed access to the 50m, Olympic-sized pool for the event.
Meanwhile, women who wish to swim are relegated to the 9pm-10pm slot and must make do with the smaller 20m learner pool.
A Facebook event for the men’s sessions – dubbed “The Strong Believer” – boasted that the event – which once struggled to get enough attendees – would now continue on a “permanent” basis.