Muslim woman awarded United States dollars 85000 after police forcibly removed her hijab

Muslim woman awarded £65,000 after police pulled off her hijab

A Muslim woman in the U.S., who was forced to remove her hijab when she was in police custody has been awarded $85,000 as settlement by authorities.The incident happened a year ago when Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by police for driving a "low rider" vehicle, according to the lawsuit. Police originally banned inmates from wearing head scarves.

"We commend Kirsty Powell for choosing to defend her right to religious freedom and taking action", said civil rights attorney Marwa Rifahie of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The officers declined her request and told Powell to remove her hijab.

Powell, who wears the head covering "as part of her religious beliefs", was "forced to spend the entire night exposed in custody and described the experience as deeply traumatising", the rights group said.

Female police officers are now required to privately search and remove hijabs worn by Muslim women if necessary.

But the lawsuit mentioned that Powell was not aware about the warrant issued against her for a 2002 petty theft offense and the other two warrants were issued after Powell's sister had falsely used her name, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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The woman was allegedly stripped of her hijab during an arrest.

"She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated", the lawsuit claimed. She had explained she wore it as part of her religious beliefs but they still took it off.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of the woman identified as Kirsty Powell sued the city of Long Beach.

After Powell's suit was filed, a police spokesperson confirmed that "during the booking process Powell's hijab was removed and placed into her property bag where it was secured".

Assistant City Attorney, Monte Machit said, "The city made a decision to settle because we viewed the claims by her as meritorious".

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