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Muslim students decry harrasment of Hijabites

02 February 2016, 21:36

Lagos - The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSN Lagos) has expressed anger over the increasing human rights abuse against Muslim females wearing hijab.

“The avalanche of agony stories and revelations of monumental intimidation/harassment of Muslim females putting on the Hijab in recent times is condemnable and an act against the laws of Allah (God) and even that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” said the Amirah (female head) of the MSSN Lagos, Hajia Hafsoh Badru.

She said the organisation considered such acts as a corrupt act against humanity and a coup against the fundamental rights of female Muslims.

There have been suggestions the hijab would be banned in Nigeria owing to its use by some suicide female bombers.

Badru raised concern some security personnel had been intolerant to the extent of removing Muslim females’ hijab and veil.

Also read: Ban on Hijab 'will do more harm than good'

“Our stand is simply that if the government is truly not the one sending the security officers harassing Muslims on hijab, it should prove that by fishing out the perpetrators of the previous harassment against Hijabites and additionally impose a stiff punishment on anyone caught doing that henceforth.”

The Muslim leader lamented the alleged refusal of the judiciary to protect the allegedly harassed and molested Muslims when approached on the ban placed on hijab in public schools in Lagos.

Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by some Muslim women beyond the age of puberty in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.

“The Ikeja High Court that we approached for judgement in favour of hijab ruled against it claiming the ‘secular nature’ of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole,” said Badru.





- CAJ News

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