The police forced me to remove my hijab. I took them to court – and won

Many people have congratulated me on my victory – but what victory? Wearing a hijab is my right, one I should never have been made to fight for

It was in October 2018, just as I was about to board a planewith my family to Bahrain, where my sister lives, that I was stopped at Heathrow.

Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000 gives officers at UK ports a broad range of powers to interrogate, search and detain people for up to 6 hours — during which time you do not have the right to silence – as well as take your DNA, fingerprints and other data, without any suspicion of involvement in terrorism.

I was separated from my family by a man who did not identify himself, and who led me to two waiting police officers, one man and one woman. The officers then led me to an interrogation room. The first thing I saw when I entered was a prayer mat facing Mecca.

Almost immediately, the policewoman said I would have to have my photographs taken, and that I would have to remove my hijab in order to do so. I refused, saying it would be humiliating and violating.

The photo is not of the lady in the article

Categories: Europe, Europe and Australia, Islam, UK

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2 replies

  1. You are really lucky when you live in Christian’s country which obey Human Right, women’s right, and justice for all. You should appreciate and grateful to Christians who treat you equal.

    But you cannot find equality and justice when you live in Islamic countries who treat women differently.

    As Muslim we should be shameful for Islamic countries specially KSA and Iran. We need to demand them to treat all people in the same rule.

    Can you do that?

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