I am appalled, gobsmacked and outraged.
In Hastings today - Hastings, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand - a judge barred a local Hastings woman from entering the courtroom because she was wearing her Hijab or headscarf.
As you can see, this is not a burqa or a yashmak, this is a hijab, not covering her face, which is the problem with hoodies which are banned in courts.
This happened today, in Hastings. I am totally appalled.
As an aside, for once the local paper, Hawkes Bay Today, had an appropriate front page. Far too often it's silly local stories that are trite - even embarrassingly so. Today, the editor recognised the importance of this story and gave it the prominence it deserves.
I await the fallout. Judge Rea made a major error of judgement.
Ms Yasmeen Ali, picture aboved, was, by the way, supporting a family member and was not on trial.
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