Drama sparked by a hijab heading to a conclusion in Montreal

A drama–and controversy–that began nearly three years ago in a Montreal courtroom appears headed to a conclusion.

The Quebec Judicial Council says it will move forward with an investigation into a judge’s decision not to hear a case because a woman appearing before her was wearing a hijab.

The case–and accompanying controversy–began almost three years ago when Quebec Court judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove the hijab or her case would not be heard.

“In my opinion, you are not suitably dressed,” Marengo told El-Aloul. “Decorum is important. Hats and sunglasses, for example are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either.”

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