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Georgia Judge Jails Muslim Woman over Head Scarf

The victim in the case, not shown, was known only as the

The victim in the case, not shown, was known only as the "Girl of Qatif" after her hometown in eastern Saudi Arabia. The woman was in a car with a high school friend in 2006 when they were attacked and raped by seven men.

ATLANTA (AP) - A Muslim woman arrested for refusing to take off
her head scarf at a courthouse security checkpoint says she
believes her human and civil rights were violated.

Police in Douglasville, Georgia, say a judge ordered Lisa Valentine to serve 10 days in jail for contempt because the court's policy is to allow no headgear in court.

Valentine, who recently moved to Georgia from Connecticut, says she was released after the Council on American-Islamic Relations urged federal authorities to investigate the incident and others in Georgia.

The group cited a report that the same judge removed a woman and
her 14-year-old daughter from the courtroom last week because they
were wearing Muslim head scarves.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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