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Judge Tells Muslim Woman To Remove Her Head Scarf In Court

A Canadian judge told a Muslim woman to remove her head scarf before she would agree to hear her case, CBC reports.

Rania El-Alloul was in court to request for her car to be returned after it was seized by police. Her son was caught driving the vehicle with a suspended license and the car was confiscated by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, reports Daily Mail.

But when El-Alloul went to plead her case, she encountered a different problem.

Judge Eliana Marengo told El-Alloul the courtroom in Montreal was a secular place and she was not suitably dressed.

“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed,” she said in a recording, according to CBC News. “And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either.”

El-Alloul’s case was adjourned indefinitely and she told CBC News she felt scared and “not Canadian anymore.”

Neither Quebec's Ministry of Justice nor Marengo were available for comment.

Religious symbols have proven to be problem in the past in Canada.

In 2013, the Parti Quebecois government banned public servants from wearing Jewish skullcaps, hijabs or any other kind of religious symbols.

The bill was later removed after the PQ was defeated in a provincial election last year.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBC

Photo Credit: Screen Capture via CBC


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