Israel: Ultra-orthodox rabbi bans girls over five from riding bikes, says it is ‘provocative’
Ruling is latest in series of restrictions imposed on groups of Haredis
An ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has reportedly banned girls aged five and older in some areas of Israel from riding bicycles – claiming it is â€œimmodestâ€.
The rabbi of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nahloat distributed the stringent decree to his followers in synagogues across the area.
He had said young girls riding bicycles could â€œcause serious damage to their modestyâ€ and that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way men found â€œprovocativeâ€, according to the Arutz Sheva 7 website.
The ruling said: â€œWe inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way.â€
Those affected by the ruling are members of the ultra-orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism.
In December ultra-orthodox rabbis requested women in Israeli city Bnei Brak refrain from studying in higher education, according to Yeshida World News website.
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By Kayleigh Lewis | June 3, 2016