One of the Rastafarian students who was denied admission by the Achimota School over his dreadlocks hairstyle has sued the school for human rights violation.
Tyron Iras Marhguy, is asking the High Court (Human Rights division) to, “declare that the failure and or refusal of the 1st Respondent (Achimota School Board of Governors) to admit or enroll him on the basis of his Rastafarian religious inclination, beliefs and culture characterized by his keeping of dreadlocks is a violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms guaranteed under the 1992 constitution particularly Articles 12(1), 23, 21(1)(b)(c)”.
He also wants, “an order directed at [Achimota School] to immediately admit or enroll the applicant to continue with his education unhindered, ” and compensation for the “inconvenience, embarrassment, waste of time, and violation of his fundamental human rights and freedoms.”
In Court documents seen by Whatsup News, Mr. Mahguy argues the school’s actions are discriminatory – the same Achimota school has admitted Caucasian white students with all forms of weird hairstyles that it has not dared asked the ‘Obroni’ to cut.
“…There is no lawful basis for [Achimota School] to interfere with the applicant’s right to education based on his rasta through which he manifests or expresses his constitutionally guaranteed right to religion and to practice and manifest same,” the suit said.