A Syrian Muslim woman has been banned from wearing her headscarf in a German court after a judge said “religiously motivated attire” is not allowed.
The woman's lawyer, Najat Abokal, said the decision was made at a district court in Luckenwalde, Brandenburg. She is appearing in court over a divorce.
The lawyer added that his client has been told she must appear in person in court and if she doesn’t comply with the rules she will face legal action.
Abokal has now claimed the judge has acted "unconstitutionally” and she will fight against the ruling, according to the Tagesspiegel newspaper.
A spokesperson for the court has said they can make no comment as it is only the judge that is responsible for courtroom practices, The Independent said.
Law professor Klaus F Garditz, of Bonn's Friedrich-Wilhelms University, claimed in the Legal Tribune Online that the judge is “pursuing provincial racism and sexism under the pretext of following legal procedures”
A partial ban on the burqa and Islamic veils has been voted for by the German Parliament, but the law has not yet been enforced.
Neutrality laws mean some judicial officials can prohibit the wearing of religious or political symbols. But these laws should not apply to claimants, victims, witnesses or other participants in legal proceedings.