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Jedi_Mindset
04-18-2012, 06:13 PM
Barsa Noor Forcefully stripped of hijab despite willingness to otherwise Co-operate


Basra Noor, 23, felt violated after a St. Louis County police officer and jail worker forcibly removed her head scarf, or hijab, after her arrest, and now wants an apology and pledge that it won’t happen to any other Muslim women.

Abdul Adan, 26, of St. Louis spoke on his sister’s behalf Monday and said a St. Louis County police officer arrested Noor in January near the West County Masjid for an outstanding ticket.

St. Louis County Officer Rick Eckhard said a police officer arrested the Ballwin woman 24 January on an oustanding warrant for failure to register her vehicle. She was arrested at Weidman and Wickstead roads.

After her arrest, the officer took her to the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton and asked her to remove the head scarf, which is required of women to wear when in the presence of unrelated men or strange women. When she refused, the officer removed it in front of other men and she was not allowed to wear it, an obligation under her religious beliefs (allegedly protected even for prisoners by the US Constitution) for the nearly seven hours she was detained, Adan said:
‘When they removed her headcover, she cried immediately, she’s not an easy crier. She cried, because she felt violated. I’m thinking about all my other relatives who are here — how they might feel — and those who might come in the future and how they would feel, will they still come if they know that in America they get their headcover snatched away from them?’
At this point in the interview, Adan himself got choked up. He explained he was worried the experience might give other Muslims a negative impression of America.

Herb Bernsen, director of St. Louis County Justice Services, said his staff was notified of the incident Friday and was researching the matter, so he could not offer comment on it specifically. But, he said, as a matter of policy, no one is allowed to wear head gear of any kind for security reasons.

We certainly respect religious practices and at the same time we need to balance that with security needs regardless of religion.’ Bernsen said.Bernsen said he’s open to discussion about ‘any modification in our practice that would make sense, on how to deal with such cases in the future.’

Adan enlisted the help of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, to draw attention to the matter. ‘It’s equivalent to a lady having her clothes removed in public,” said Executive Director Faizan Syed. “It was a deep violation.’

He said Noor ‘was very willing to go into another room — was willing to take it off in front of female officers. They could have given her a hat or something to cover her hair and it wouldn’t have been an issue.

Syed said some jails offer Muslim women the chance to remove their hijab in the presence of only other women and to take two mug shots — one with the hijab for public release and one without for internal use. And he pointed out that the Supreme Court recently refused to overturn a lower court ruling that said a Muslim woman “had the right to wear the scarf unless jailers could show it was a security risk.”

He said his group has reached out to the jail to get a better understanding of what happened and to see whether they could have a dialogue about how to improve procedures, to accomodate Muslim’s religious beliefs. Legal action, he said, would be a last resort.

We want to work with the police department and the county jail to make sure this type of situation doesn’t happen again‘, he said. ‘If they can apologize to Basra Noor and her family and let them know this was a mistake, that would really put her at ease and other Muslim women at ease.’


Source: http://aseerun.org/2012/04/18/basra-noor-forcefully-stripped-of-hijab-despite-willingness-to-otherwise-co-operate/#more-3782

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The oppression on muslims is rising massivelyt in the west, sooner later hijrah will be recommended for us Insha'Allah
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Marina-Aisha
04-18-2012, 06:19 PM
Omg!!!!!!!! That's Discussting!!!!! Do they take other peoples heads scarfs or is just MUSLIMS!!!!!!
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Jedi_Mindset
04-18-2012, 06:37 PM
Originally Posted by marina-hadeya
Omg!!!!!!!! That's Discussting!!!!! Do they take other peoples heads scarfs or is just MUSLIMS!!!!!!
Well what other reason? Yes, just because of our Deen.
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Sunnie Ameena
04-18-2012, 06:56 PM
My heart goes out to the sister that this happened too. They definitely could have given her an opportunity to go in another room with female officers. I guess they wanted to show off. How sad. I hope they don't do it again. Sunnie Ameena
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sister herb
04-18-2012, 06:56 PM
First what became to my mind - if they arrest a nun, would they strip her too?

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Marina-Aisha
04-18-2012, 07:32 PM
I doubt imsad
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asiya45
04-18-2012, 07:53 PM
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That was so disgusting of the cops!! I dont understand why they cant get punished for that if they didnt yet!! Thats a clear violation of the sister's freedom of rights. I work with cops in Toronto but I have never seen them go to that level of violation. I dont know what but there is something about American cops that I dont like!! :raging:

I cant even imagine how the sister was feeling at that moment!! imsadimsadimsad
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Hulk
04-18-2012, 09:02 PM
The one who did it must have been either ignorant, inconsiderate or hateful. I wonder what if it was a sikh? Such a sad case.
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Aamanee
04-18-2012, 09:15 PM
One of the reasons may have been the sisters safety i know that here in the uk your no allowed to have shoe laces or belts on in cells just in case you tried to hang your self with it i can see how they may have thought that with the sisters hijab
Not that am condoning what they did ... but it maybe the reason why they took it off her
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Aamanee
04-18-2012, 09:51 PM
oops sorry i should have read the whole thing just ignore what i said
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YusufNoor
04-18-2012, 11:30 PM
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it's America, they don't care about the hijab. you don't want this to happen again. pay your parking tickets!

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asiya45
04-19-2012, 02:02 AM
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I have been thinking about this thread the whole time at work. I was just so upset all day!
Americans go around talking about human rights (well ok not all , but a few for sure)! :raging:
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True-blue
04-21-2012, 08:48 AM
As long as they hate hijab, they are not tolerant ,and this will increase hostility between Muslims and non-Muslims. Non-Muslims actually can easily befriend Muslims by accepting Hijab. It is so easy to befriend Muslims if they are a bit more tolerant towards Hijab!
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