London, Aug 8 : A children's play-centre in
Britain has barred fathers from attending with their children and is now
facing a probe by equality watchdogs, the Daily Mail reported
Kids Go Wild is believed to be the first such
play-centre in the country to introduce a "women only" policy - which
also bans boys over the age of nine.
Bosses at the centre, which
opened less than a fortnight ago, claim the policy was instigated for
"cultural reasons" and was in the interest of the "predominantly Asian"
local community, according to the Mail.
On Tuesday, Muslims in
the Sparkhill suburb of Birmingham were among those who condemned the
restrictions, which were advertised on a poster outside the centre.
It reads: "Ladies and children only. No boys over nine allowed."
to the 2001 census, Muslims make up 54 percent of the 30,000 population
of Sparkhill - more than double the number of Christians.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Tuesday said that under the
Equality Act, 2010, single sex rules should be "the exception not the