Canadian judge denies woman hearing until she take off hijab

2015-02-28 01:56:04 | Al Muslim News
Canadian judge denies woman hearing until she take off hijab


A judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal court, she would not hear her case until she removed her Hijab (head scarf). Judge Eliana Marengo told to Rania El-Alloul that the courtroom is a secular place, and that she was not suitably dressed. "Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don't see why scarves on the head would be either," Ms El-Alloul was in court to apply to get her car back after it was seized by authorities. She said, the incident made her "feel afraid" and that she was not being treated as "a human being". "When I came the first day when I made landing in Canada, I was wearing my hijab” she added. Canadian law does not forbid the wearing of a head scarf in court, only stipulating that attendees wear "suitable dress". Opposition leaders and Quebec’s Premier, as the province’s bitter questions over religious freedom and secularism reached the justice system. Canadian Premier Philippe Couillard said religious garments should be removed only if it creates a problem for communication, identification or security. “I will be very careful because the judge is sovereign in her decisions, in her courtroom. I’m a little bit disturbed by this event, I must say.”.

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