US court allows Pakistani Muslim taxi driver to wear kurta shalwar on work

2015-06-27 04:40:11 | Al Muslim News
US court allows Pakistani Muslim taxi driver to wear kurta shalwar on work
Raja Naeem wearing traditional south Asian dress Kurta Shalwar

 

 A US court ruled in favor of a Pakistani Muslim taxi driver’s right to wear Kurta Shalwar (traditional south Asian dress) while working.

Raja Naeem, 50, of St. Louis has been battling the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which licenses drivers in the St. Louis region, for years regarding his clothing.

The commission requires drivers to wear black pants and a white, button-down shirt.

After a court ruling in 2013, the commission offered what it said was a compromise: a kurta, the loose-fitting clothing worn on the torso, but it must be white and could not go below his thighs. His pants, or shalwar, should be black.

He was allowed to wear the kufi, a wrapped garment for his head.

The commission has said the dress code is for safety reasons, ensuring the public can easily identify licensed drivers.

Naeem believed the parameters violated his freedom of religious expression, and went back to the court last year to argue that.

Previously, Naeem has been arrested twice, issued more than $800 in citations, as a result, has racked up 17 citations from the commission in the past years and his Taxi driving license revoked because he insists on going to work wearing clothing prescribed by his Muslim faith.

 

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