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Quebec Judge: Hijab Must Be Removed Before Woman's Case Will Be Heard

02/26/2015 08:17 EST | Updated 04/28/2015 05:59 EDT
MONTREAL - There is a report that a Quebec judge refused to hear a woman's case because she wouldn't remove her hijab.

The CBC is reporting it obtained an audio recording of proceedings that occurred in the courtroom of Judge Eliana Marengo on Tuesday.

On the recording, the CBC is reporting that Rania El-Alloul told the judge she is a Muslim, but Marengo told her she could either remove her headscarf or ask for a postponement in order to consult a lawyer.

Marengo told El-Alloul that hats and sunglasses are not allowed and she didn't see why a hijab is any different.

El-Alloul said she couldn't afford a lawyer so the case has been adjourned indefinitely.

According to a story on the CBC's website, El-Alloul was before the court trying to get her car back because it was seized by the Quebec automobile insurance board.

In an interview with the CBC, El-Alloul said she couldn't believe what was happening.

"I felt that I'm not Canadian any more," she said. "When I swore by God to be a good Canadian citizen I was wearing my hijab."

The CBC said Marengo didn't immediately respond /to a request for comment.

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