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Muslim Woman Headbutts Female Police Officer For Trying To Remove Her Face Covering

A Muslim woman in Belgium was approached by police about her religious garb. The woman was arrested at a bus stop because she was wearing a niqab, a full-face-covering veil.

In Belgium, face coverings that make you unrecognizable are illegal, and there are no religious exemptions. The Muslim woman refused to comply and was arrested, but she ended up getting violent with police. A group of Muslims also jumped into violent protests over the incident, defending the woman.

Stephanie Djato was in Brussels when officers asked the 27-year-old woman to remove the niqab. Niqabs are not required by Muslim law, though some women prefer to wear the full-face-covering garment. In Belgium, however, it's against the law.

Djato refused and was arrested. Police say the woman resisted arrest all the way to the police station. She even head-butted a female police officer on the way there, and she continued to act aggressively when they arrived.

Two other female police officers struggled with Djato and were injured. Djato was taken to a hospital.

When the woman's case got to court, she failed to show up. She had been out on bail.

A judge found Djato solely responsible for the entire incident. She was given a sentence of 18 months in prison and a fine of 900 euros. She was also ordered to pay the injured police officers for their medical bills. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for the woman.

The law banning all face coverings was passed into Belgian law by Parliament back in 2010. The law was an effort to improve national security, and while it did not deliberately target Muslims, the niqab happened to fall under the law's restrictions because anyone - men or women, Muslim or not - can hide beneath the body-covering garb and go without being recognized. Normally, penalties for breaking that law would not be so stiff, but Djato's violent reaction to authority only resulted in additional charges.

Shariah4Belgium, a Muslim fundamentalist group in Belgium that advocates Sharia Law, stirred up protests over Djato's sentencing. Some Islamist groups in neighboring France also joined together to protest the Belgian government and their new policies that Muslims find outrageous.

Some of the protests sparked riots. In Brussels, two police officers were stabbed at a metro station as part of the protesting.

A common complaint by citizens and authorities in non-Muslim countries is that Muslims expect special treatment based on their own religious rules and laws, which they believe should be held higher than the laws of the land. Many strict Muslims refuse to assimilate and abide by the local laws. In strict Muslim countries, however, they don’t grant foreigners the same courtesy—everyone is required to live by Islamic laws.

People who protest Muslims getting special treatment are often labeled ‘Islamophobic’ and ‘Xenophobic’. People living in the U.S. are especially subject to massive backlash if they suggest Muslims should have to follow local laws, regardless of religion.

Source: Conservative Tribune, Breitbart
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Floris Van Cauwelaert, Adam Jones

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