A Muslim woman was reportedly told to remove her headscarf before a Canadian judge would hear her case.
Judge Eliana Marengo was said to have told Rania El-Alloul that the courtroom in Montreal is a secular place and she was not suitably dressed.
‘Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,’ it was claimed she said in a recording of proceedings, according to CBC News.
Rania El-Alloul was reportedly told to remove her headscarf by a judge before she would hear her case in Montreal
El-Allouk had attended court in a bid to have her car returned after it was seized by police.
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.
Quebec’s Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond after business hours to a request for comment on the case. Judge Marengo could also not be reached for comment.
The incident was claimed to have happened in a courtroom in Montreal, Canada.
The public display of religious symbols has been hotly debated in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province in recent years.
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.
I’m not sure if the woman’s hijab could be considered a hat….. I guess we’ll see if the muslim woman presses charges of any sort.
The Judge was able to see the woman’s face and could identify her easily. I’m feeling this is a case of the judge pushing her own anti-islam opinions onto this woman. Which isn’t too surprising to me being that this happened in Quebec.
We Canadians live in a country that allows each our ethnic groups to keep their identity. Sikhs are allowed to wear their turbans and to carry their ceremonial daggers even into Parliament. They are allowed to wear their turbans even when they become RCMP! The Jewish folk are allowed to wear their yarmulke or to cover their head in public. Hutterites are allowed to wear their head coverings also.
What we don’t allow is the face to be covered during a citizenship ceremony or when doing banking transactions, getting pictures taken for ID, voting, or anything else that involves having to know what the person looks like.
I don’t understand why the muslim woman felt scared though. She should know that the French in Quebec have always treated those who are not French or caucasian in this way.
Unfortunately this judge didn’t do Canada any favors. I can see there being a big ruckus for the Federal Government coming soon about this.