US Judge Busts Muslim Woman for Wearing Hijab

She's held in contempt for refusing to remove head covering
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2008 3:07 AM CST
US Judge Busts Muslim Woman for Wearing Hijab
A vendor shows various styles of the Islamic hijab in the Jordanian capital Amman last month.   (AP Photo/Mohammad abu Ghosh)

(Newser) – A Muslim woman was briefly jailed by a Georgia judge for refusing to take off her head-covering hijab in court, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman was arrested for contempt, and ordered held for 10 days—but was released after several hours. She had been in court with her nephew, who was contesting a traffic violation. The same judge ejected another Muslim woman from court last week under similar circumstances.

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 “When somebody is denied access to our judicial system based on religiously mandated attire, then what does that say?" asked a spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "No Muslim woman can have access to a courtroom in Georgia?"
(Read more American Muslims stories.)

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