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Iraqi Woman ‘Forced’ to Remove Hijab in Mich. Court

The Arab American News, Posted: Sep 01, 2009

DEARBORN, Mich.—A Muslim woman from Dearborn Heights was allegedly forced to remove her hijab in court and has now filed a federal lawsuit against Wayne County Circuit Judge Bill Callahan, reports The Arab American News.

According to the news report, when Raneen Albaghdady, a recent Iraqi immigrant, appeared in court for a name change, Judge Callahan “forced her to remove her hijab.” The lawsuit, filed by the non-profit group Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR-MI) and Albaghdady alleges that Albaghdady's “First Amendment civil rights and the Michigan Constitution were violated because the hijab didn't impede the functionality of the court.”


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