A GIRL of 16, fighting a ban that forbids her from wearing a ring to school that symbolizes her commitment to chastity, has now withdrawn her High Court action after criticisms that the legal action is an wasteful challenge to human rights legislation.
She has decided, instead, to wear a chastity belt.
The Millais School in Horsham, West Sussex, stopped her and other Christian girls from wearing the rings on the basis that the uniform code did not allow the wearing of jewellery in school and that the ring is not an essential part of the Christian faith. But Muslim and Sikh students had been allowed to wear headscarfs and religious bracelets as part of their faith, which are also not mandatory.
The girl says "Wearing a full chastity belt is better from a health and safety perspective as it's less likely to snag than a ring. Also, a ring can't really protect you from temptation whereas a belt is much more of a barrier against the devil's filthy work."
There are some more practical considerations for this switch. A belt allows more space to inscribe the full reference to the biblical verse that inspired the chastity rings, I Thessalonians 4:3-4.
This translates as: "God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honour."