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Muslim woman thrown off bus in New Zealand for wearing veil

5 July 2011 General 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

A Saudi Arabian student was left crying on the street after a bus driver refused to let her board because of her Muslim veil.

The Consulate-General of Saudi Arabia has written to the Government to complain about the incident, and another, two days earlier, when a driver for the same company told another woman to remove her veil.

NZ Bus said both drivers had been sent on counselling programmes – and had been found to be suffering from “maskophobia”. “Both drivers … claim it’s not religious … but they genuinely have a phobia of people wearing masks, hence why we have not dismissed them,” general manager Jon Calder said yesterday.

Sameer Aljabri, the husband of one of the women, said he would lodge an official complaint with the Human Rights Commission on behalf of his wife, whom he would not name. She had been travelling with the couple’s one-year-old son in Auckland in May.

Dr Aljabri said the driver was opposed to her “full hijab” – a face veil with only the eyes exposed. The driver told her: “I do not want you on my bus but I have to serve you. Take off your face cover because I need to see your face.”

The letter from the Saudi consulate to the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry said that, two days later, student Gawheer Saud Al Thaubity was left crying on a street in Auckland. “As she stepped on to the crowded bus, the driver shouted, ‘Out!’ She asked why and was told, ‘Because you cover your face’. He insisted that she get off the bus, then closed the door and drove off.”

Original post: Muslim woman thrown off bus in New Zealand for wearing veil


  1. A lot of towns and cities have laws that forbid covering of the face except for Halloween or events that require masks. This enables people to identify people who may want to commit a crime while hiding their face. How would these laws affect a person who wants to cover their entire body?

  2. I wish they would outlaw automobile windows that are darkend such that you can’t see the occupants inside. It’s scary when a car pulls up along side at a red light and you can’t see what’s happening right next to you (maybe nothing, but you just don’t know). Am I paranoid?

  3. Veil is muslim womans right. Like newziland fucking with mother is not our rules. Bus driver is a mother fucker.

  4. it is also a human right that non muslim should be able to know who is in front of you behind the mask. It shouldn’t be just a muslim’s right that they can hide their identity. Don’t I have a right to know who am I dealing with.

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