The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for adequate disciplinary action against the Law School female lecturer who allegedly stepped on the Hijab of Miss Amasa Firdaus and debased it by using her feet to rub it on the floor.
The director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary and Justice and entitled “Memorandum in Respect of Call to Bar Case in the School of Law”, made available to newsmen on Wednesday, called for a review of the code of dressing in the Nigerian Law School.
He stated that it should be reviewed,” As it affects the ‘manifestation’ of religious beliefs and review of the dress code in all professions where uniforms are used such that female Muslims in such professions can use suitable hijab along with the uniform.”
The memorandum also stated that the Law School Hijab saga has brought to the fore the myriad of persecutions faced by Muslim women because of using hijab in various sectors.
It adds, “In the process, thousands of Muslims have been denied international passports, driving licences and national identity cards while millions have been disenfranchised during elections. It is a case of mass profiling of Muslims.”
MURIC affirmed the mandatory nature of Hijab for Muslim women in the Qur’an and restated the provisions of the Nigerian constitution on freedom of religion and respect for the dignity of the human person.
The memorandum also revealed previous court decisions in favour of Hijab including a Court of Appeal.
It appealed to the House of Representatives to “stand up for justice in this matter of infringement of Allah-given fundamental right of a lady who, having satisfied all righteousness in the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, was being denied her right to practice the law profession on account of her being a Muslim.
“We therefore appeal to the House of Representatives as the voice of the voiceless and the bulwark against oppression and persecution, to take the bull by the horn by criminalizing the obstruction, denial and stigmatisation of female Muslim women in hijab while carrying out their civic responsibilities like obtaining international passport, driving licence and voters’ registration among others”
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