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Woman allegedly forced to remove hijab after protests arrest

By BY MARIAM FAM, For AP | US News & World Report, On 23 June 2020, Read Original
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A Muslim woman arrested during protests in Miami was allegedly forced to remove her religious head cover at a correctional center and her mugshot was taken without it, according to her lawyer, in an incident that has focused attention on questions about religious rights while in custody.


Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, said mugshots of Massri without her hijab must be expunged and charges against her dismissed and called for the termination of involved officers.

“We are planning to take all necessary steps to get justice for Alaa and to ensure that her humiliating and unconstitutional treatment that she faced is not faced by anyone again in Florida,” he said. “We will pursue all legal avenues, including filing a suit” if needed.

The incident was “an assault both on her ability to practice her faith and also her ability to define what modesty means for her as a woman,” said Shibly who said he has been in touch with Massri. “Ultimately, this isn’t about Muslims or Islam. It is about protecting the constitution for everyone.


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