ADVERTISEMENT

Muslim woman ordered by Judge to remove hijab before hearing her case

Rania El-Alloul was told by judge Eliana Marengo that the courtroom in Montreal is a secular place and she wasn’t suitably dressed

A Muslim woman in Canada was reportedly told to remove her headscarf known as the hijab before a Judge would hear her.

ADVERTISEMENT

Rania El-Alloul was told by judge Eliana Marengo that the courtroom in Montreal is a secular place and she wasn’t suitably dressed.

According to the Judge, 'Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don't see why scarves on the head would be either,' CBC news reports.

Reports say El-Allouk attended court in a bid to have her car returned after it was seized by police.

ADVERTISEMENT

Her son was reported to have been driving the vehicle with a suspended licence when he was stopped and it was confiscated by Quebec's automobile insurance board.

The car was due to be kept for a month, but El-Allouk wanted the court to return it sooner, according to the broadcaster.

After the hearing she was said to have felt scared and 'not Canadian anymore,' CBC reported.

Her case was said to have been adjourned indefinitely.

The public display of religious symbols has been hotly debated in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province in recent years.

ADVERTISEMENT

In 2013, the pro-independence Parti Quebecois (PQ) government moved to ban public servants from wearing Muslim head coverings such as hijabs, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols.

But the bill died when the PQ was defeated in a provincial election last year.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Most punctual African airlines

Most punctual African airlines

31 years later, Nigeria is still trapped in MKO Abiola's 1993

31 years later, Nigeria is still trapped in MKO Abiola's 1993

Top 10 African cities with the most expensive real estate

Top 10 African cities with the most expensive real estate

10 songs for your Father's Day Playlist

10 songs for your Father's Day Playlist

10 smallest African countries by land mass

10 smallest African countries by land mass

Top 10 diamond producing countries in Africa

Top 10 diamond producing countries in Africa

10 African countries with the highest money laundering risk

10 African countries with the highest money laundering risk

Top 5 thriving sectors and industries to invest in Africa as the population rate rises

Top 5 thriving sectors and industries to invest in Africa as the population rate rises

'Superstar' @ 13: 7 things you need to know about Wizkid's debut album

'Superstar' @ 13: 7 things you need to know about Wizkid's debut album

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT