The latest culture clash between Muslims and those they consider “infidels” in the countries where they have migrated has occurred in a courtroom in Victoria, Australia – and the score 1-0 in favor of the non-Muslims.
When Justice Christopher Beale told the wife of a defendant in his Victoria courtroom that she would have to remove her niqab – the black fabric that covers the face and eyes – he was well within his rights.
Local media were told by a spokesperson for the court that judges are allowed to set such rules for their courtrooms, and while the Victorian Supreme Court website urges court visitors to ‘dress appropriately,’ there is not set policy for the black garb worn by most Muslim women in the form of burqas or niqabs.
“I require anybody who comes into the court — and all are welcome — but anybody who comes into the court, for their face to be uncovered,” said Justice Beale.
The policy is seen as a security measure by most but drew criticism from Adel Salman, the vice president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, who claimed it violates the women’s human rights.
Calling the judge’s rule, “unreasonable and concerning,” Salman went on to say that the covering is a woman’s choice as an outward symbol of their “faithfulness to God.”
Salman went so far as to say that the request to remove the niqab is, “quite intrusive and, in some cases, can be traumatic,” although he did not elaborate.
The woman made news last year when she and fellow supporters of the terrorist refused to stand when the court was called to order as the judge entered, as is standard protocol.
Opposition leader Matthew Guy renewed his proposed law that would impose a two-week jail term or a $1,500 fine on women who refuse to remove their face coverings in court.
“If you don’t respect the court, you don’t respect the law,” said Guy.
The wife of the accused terrorist refused to remove the covering, but Justice Beale won the day, as she was required to sit outside the courtroom during the proceedings.
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Source: Daily Mail