The Australian reports:
Read it here. [emphasis mine]
A MORROCAN man who kept his four daughters house-bound in the name of Islam was given an eight-month suspended prison term and deprived of his parental rights by a court in southern France today.....
The 45 year-old man - whose name was not made public in order to protect the children - refused to let the girls attend school on the grounds that they would be made to remove their Islamic veils.
At his trial in December the man walked out of the court after seeing that the judge and the prosecutor were both women.
The girls - aged 4, 10, 13 and 14 - were banned from leaving the confines of the family's small apartment in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, the court heard.
They had learned the rudiments of reading and writing from their mother but had seen no book other than the Koran. Their father - who lived off state hand-outs - also refused to let them take lessons at home because of the content of the curriculum.
"Despite the wilderness to which they were abandoned, the children are lively, intelligent, willful and eager to learn," prosecutor Colette Clement-Barthez told the court hearing last month.
"The first thing they asked to do at the care-home was to be able to run in the garden. They had never been allowed to run," she said.
The girls' mother now lives apart from her husband, not far from their home.
Home schooling is one thing, but this is ridiculous. The court made the right decision.
Unfortunately this guy is not far away from where they live and, in light of the "honor killings"that have been occurring lately in Muslim communities, I fear for the lives of his wife and the four girls.