Her 21-year-old son was BUSTED behind the wheel of his vehicle with a suspended driving license. So Rania El-Alloul found herself in a court hearing, trying to recover her car that police seized from her Son. That was when things went from bad…to stupid.
The presiding judge took one look at Rania El-Alloul and let her know that before they could begin proceedings, she would need to remove her headscarf.
Guess what Rania’s response was?
That’s right.. she refused.
The judge then explained that the courtroom is a secular place and that she was not suitably dressed. She went on to educate Rania about how hats and sunglasses for example are ALSO not allowed and so scarves on the head wouldn’t be either.
Here’s a quote directly from the courtroom that day…
“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing a scarf on your head, just as I would not allow a person to appear before me wearing a hat or sunglasses on his or her head, or any other garment not suitable for a court proceeding.”
At this point, the mother-of-three, full of pride, still refused to take off the scarf and it was then, that the hearing in Montreal Canada, was adjourned.
She later said: “When she insisted I should remove my hijab, really I felt like she was talking with me as a human being. I don’t want this thing to happen to any other lady. This is not the work of a judge. She doesn’t deserve to be a judge.
“When I’m sitting alone, I will cry, because always I’m remembering the judge, how she was talking to me. This scene is not going from my mind.”
The Quebec justice department officials did say that there was no specific ban on wearing religious items, however where the problem lied was in the court regulation that states decorum can be limited for someone to be considered suitably dressed.
What do you think? Was this necessary, or should the judge not have made such a big deal about the matter?