In interesting case appeared in a Montreal court. A Muslim woman refused to take off her hijab after a judge required her to do so. Otherwise, he said she was not going to hear her case. It all started when Rania El-Alloul showed up to the courtroom to try and get her car back. It had previously been impounded after her son was caught driving it with a suspended license.
She was immediately scolded by Judge Eliana Marengo for her hijab. The Judge insisted that she was not suitably dressed for the courtroom. The Judge went on to explain his reasoning behind his ruling. In Quebec no religious symbols are allowed to be shown in court.
“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.”
The Muslim woman was not pleased with the Judges comments and a power struggle began to ensue. But considering the judge has all the power in this situation it is a no win situation for this woman. El-Alloul refused to remove her headscarf and said the following,
“I cannot remove my scarf. Since long years, I am wearing my scarf.”