OH: MUSLIM WOMEN’S RIGHTS REAFFIRMED

CINCINNATI – Two Muslim women had the right to continue wearing their head scarves when sitting for a driver’s license photo, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles said.

Clerks at separate bureau offices in southwest Ohio were wrong to insist that the women remove the scarves, also known as hijabs, which are expressions of faith and modesty, said Tom Hunter, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the motor vehicles bureau.

The women’s photos were shot again for free.

“It was just a misunderstanding on the part of BMV employees as to what the policy was,” Hunter said.

No one was disciplined, Hunter said, but an e-mail was sent to the state’s 216 registrar offices in May reminding employees that head coverings, such as hijabs, are allowed.

 

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