Saturday, 14 May 2016

Man arrested for taking off Hijab of a woman

37-year-old Gill Parker Payne, of Gastonia, North Carolina was on a
South Airlines flight from Chicago to Albuquerque on Dec. 11 2015 when
he saw a woman wearing a hijab sitting several rows in front of him.
Authorities say Payne approached her and told her to take it off, she
refused saying it was a religious headscarf, then he responded, "This
is America!" He then removed the hijab from her head.
The woman reported the incident to the Police and Payne got arrested.
He was charged with using force or threat of force to obstruct a
Muslim woman in the free exercise of her religious beliefs.
He appeared in court on Friday and pleaded guilty to a federal
misdemeanor charge.
He didn't go to jail but was fined.
Source: AP

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