Monday, September 16, 2013

Veil or No Veil: Giving Evidence in Court

Should a Muslim woman who wears a full head covering (Niqab) remove it when giving evidence in court?  That's what a judge in a London court ruled.  He did say that the woman could be shielded by a screen and would only be seen by the jury and lawyers.

According to a story in the BBC, the judge said: "The ability of the jury to see the defendant for the purposes of evaluating her evidence is crucial."   The judge indicated that he was "uneasy" with his ruling and urged a national debate.

This might be an interesting case to discuss in a World Religions class.

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