School head: running may rupture hymens

School head: running may rupture hymens

Omar Hallak, above, principal of an Islamic school in Melbourne, reportedly prohibited girls from running in sporting events because it could cause them to lose their virginity.

Female students at Al-Taqwa College, in Truganina, were also barred from playing soccer as a sports injury “could make them infertile”.

The school’s regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, is reportedly investigating the claims levelled at Hallak, who earlier this year courted controversy when he suggested Islamic State was supported by Western countries, and that IS had not connections with Islam.

In a letter sent to education ministers and published by The Age, a former teacher at the college said:

The principal holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may lose their virginity. The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if girls injure themselves, such as break their leg while playing soccer, it could render them infertile.

The teacher claimed Hallak stopped the female cross country team from participating in a 2013 and 2014 district event.


The girls had been training hard for the competition when Mr Hallak realised they were set to compete and cancelled it. The girls were said to be distraught by Hallak’s intervention and penned hand-written letters of complaint in which they expressed their disappointment. One student wrote:

It was really shocking to find out it had been cancelled because the excuse girls can’t run.

The teacher claimed she had worked at another school where both boys and girls had equally been encouraged to take part in sporting activities.

I look back on my time at Al-Taqwa with frustration and anger, which is how I felt most of the time while I was working there.

I did my best to stay committed to the students. However in the end, I was unable to provide the same opportunities to students that I was given when I was at a primary school, more than 20 years ago.

Education minister James Merlino said the allegationsare concerning and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority is investigating.

Hat tip: Paul Duveen

7 responses to “School head: running may rupture hymens”

  1. Ivan says:

    Meanwhile, over in Croydon, girls at a Catholic school are being told during a sex-ed lesson that sex outside of marriage will “destroy” their souls:

  2. L.Long says:

    Comes down to boys not liking to be outdone by girls!!
    And there are religiously fanatical girls, go figure.

  3. Robster says:

    So there’s a catholic nutter telling kids that “that sex outside of marriage will “destroy” their souls”. Nothing at all to worry about then.

  4. Dick says:

    So this evil bastard wants girls hymens intact … and yet it’s ok to mutilate girls labia by excision. Islam is an abomination. He wants virgins for the gratification of men and yet he wants women to be sexually subdued.Islamic men are really insecure and cowardly … Not men at all really.

  5. latso says:

    Sigh, because to some people, women are nothing more than baby factories, rather than people in their own right. Depressing.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    It takes one evil fool to make such a decision and millions of weak idiots to do nothing and let it happen. All those religious moderates we never fail to hear about could flex their might at any moment but century after century they do not. Thus it is religion as a whole, including the moderates, deserving of scorn.

  7. Brian Jordan says:

    Running may perhaps cause rupture of a young woman’s hymen, as might riding horses for instance. But what has this to do with virginity? AFAIK some girls never have a hymen to break in the first place. Are they consigned to hell at birth or just doomed to live without marriage?