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‘Dangerous’: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect bans women from attending college

Members of the Satmar Hasidic Jewish community in New York. (Michael Brown/Getty Images)

Rabbis from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Satmar sect — one of the largest Hasidic movements worldwide — have issued a decree warning that college education for women is “dangerous,” The Independent reports.

Composed in Yiddish, the decree warns parents that the “trend” of girls and married women pursuing higher degrees is “against the Torah.”

“We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree.

“We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment.”

The document was issued from the sect’s New York base, but will apply to followers globally.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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