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Missouri county jail to allow Muslim headscarves

24 April 2012 General 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via The Associated Press

8:03 p.m. CDT, April 23, 2012

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – The St. Louis County jail has adopted a new policy that will let spare Muslim women from having religious headscarves removed in front of male inmates and staff.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the policy emerged from a meeting Monday of jail officials and members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In January, a jailer forcibly removed the headscarf of a 23-year-old Muslim woman arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket.  The scarf, known as a hijab, protects women from exposing their heads or necks to men outside their immediate families.

The new policy will let a woman go to a private room to have the hijab searched, then resume wearing it while her arrest is processed.  The jail is researching how to handle the issue with long-term inmates.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. that is good, but the sad part is ….how many Muslim sisters are in their jail??

  2. I live in St. Louis County and have been closely following the story since the incident first occurred. According to the story in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, both the director of St. Louis County Justice Services and the executive director of the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations appeared pleased with the outcome of “the very productive meeting”. According to Faizan Syed, the executive director of the local chapter, “It really built bridges of understanding between us and the officials”. The entire incident had the potential for much bigger problems, but BOTH sides took the opportunity to discuss, learn, compromise, and develop a working solution. I hope the Islamaphobes out there learn from this.

  3. It’s not so much misunderstanding Islam but a desire for a sister to be undressed for thier sick minds.

  4. Are there that many Muslim women in the St Louis county jail?

  5. I don’t think there is many but enough for the issue to arise Steven Vercher.

  6. “protects women from exposing their heads or necks” lol. did i miss something? are these made of armour now? protects. omg i saw a womans neck, oh shit not the ears. i’m being driven wild by her charms. lmfao

    “The new policy will let a woman go to a private room to have the hijab searched, then resume wearing it while her arrest is processed. The jail is researching how to handle the issue with long-term inmates.” yeah muslims don’t want special treatment, RIGHT.

  7. Hey Mike, It’s not any different than a non-Muslim woman asking that she get searched by a woman and not a man, only in this case the hijab protects her modesty, not necessarily her body. And this idea isn’t new to Western women either, especially Christian woman who cover up for modesty reasons. It isn’t special treatment if it’s common courtesy.

  8. Mary had her head coverd so do nuns etc n wen muslims do it , its weird?? Its their choice to dress like that, no one should hav a prob. And women covering themselves r doing males a favour. Keep clean n let b kept clean. Omg u saw her ears? Neck? Dn see the chest a lil? Muslim women r precious like diamonds who dnt want to expose their beauty to d world cz theyr not dying n desperate for attention.

  9. “Hey Mike, It’s not any different than a non-Muslim woman asking that she get searched by a woman” no it is quite different. search means physically laying your hands on someone.

    “It isn’t special treatment if it’s common courtesy.”

    no it is special treatment by definition. the article says “new policy will let a woman go to a private room” you could just as easily call it a “special” room. it’s beyond “common courtesy”, it’s a special courtesy.

    it’s just like muslims demanding a special room at the airport. taking a tsa officer away from the line inconveniencing us all.

    saba h,

    i think there is a cultural divide here. dont follow u at all. dont follow ur analogy at all. i think diamonds rely on exposure to light for their beauty to shine??????

  10. “It’s not so much misunderstanding Islam but a desire for a sister to be undressed for thier sick minds.”

    watch out for those ears and necks.

    “The entire incident had the potential for much bigger problems,” why?????

    muslims might blow things up???? muslims want western society to bend to their social constructs??? what happened to muslim are to follow the laws of the land they live in?

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/01/30/muslim-fla-suit.htm

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