Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Muslim Woman Sues California Jail Officials Over Hijab Removal

In Orange County, California yesterday, a Muslim woman filed suit against the Orange County Sheriff's Department after jail officials forced her for security reasons to remove her headscarf. Today's Los Angeles Times reports that Souhair Khatib, represented by the ACLU, claims in her federal lawsuit that she was humiliated by the experience. Her 8-hour arrest came after a judge determined that she had not completed the number of community service hours to which she had previously been sentenced in a welfare fraud case. Khatib's attorney, Hector Villagra, said jail officials claim Khatib's hijab could have been used to choke someone.