Friday, February 27, 2015

Canadian judge refuses to hear a woman in hijab

It has been reported by The Telegraph that a judge told a Muslim woman appearing in a Montreal courtroom, Canada that she would not hear her case until she removed her head scarf.

The broadcaster, citing an audio recording it obtained of the proceedings, said Judge Eliana Marengo was heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place, and that she was not suitably dressed.

It may be added that Canadian law does not forbid the wearing of a head scarf in court, only stipulating that attendees wear "suitable dress". And the public display of religious symbols has been hotly debated in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province in recent years.

A number of people on Twitter have condemned the judge's decision. Read more at The Telegraph

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