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Should a woman's right to wear the niqab override a defendent's right to face their accuser in court?

A Canadian court is arguing the right of a woman to wear her niqab (full face veil) while testifying in court, during her own rape trial. The defendant's are saying they have a right to see their accusers face, and that the defense and jury must be able to see her face during testimony to determine truthfulness.

What do you think? If a Muslim woman accused you of a crime, would you want to be able to see her face in court? Or would you say it's okay for her to hide her face for religious reasons?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090328.NIQAB28/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:04 PM on Apr. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I would say its her religion and she should be able to wear it.... I think the defendent only wants to see her face to be able to intimidate her.
    LuvsDanika

    Answer by LuvsDanika at 12:06 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • The US courts should not cater to people's religion or beliefs nor should they discriminate against them, if a person's face is required and is a vital part of the case then they should not be allowed to wear a hijab.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • I believe they should respect her religious reasons. The niqab is a very very important thing to the muslim community. The defendant already humiliated her by raping her, why should he disrespect her even further?
    BEXi

    Answer by BEXi at 12:07 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • She is the VICTIM....I would NOT wish to VIOLATE her again
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:08 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • switch this scenario around and say a suspected rapest believes in a religion of mask wearing should he be required to take off his face covering in court to be identified even though its against his religion??
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:08 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • switch this scenario around and say a suspected rapest believes in a religion of mask wearing should he be required to take off his face covering in court to be identified even though its against his religion??


    He would have to remove for purposes of identifying him, but other than that he could keep it on....Was it on during the crime?


    But the OP question is about a VICTIM being asked to go in violation of her religious beliefs and basically be violated all over, NOT OK

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:11 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • Taking rape out of it - do you think it's fair for a court system to change the rules for people based on their religious beliefs. If this was over theft, instead of rape, would you feel the same?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • It's all semantics. The defendants are facing their accuser in court, they just can't see her face. Really it's like a clean shaven man growing a full bushy beard, would we have the right to force him to shave so we could see his face more clearly. The woman would have had the niqab on when they attacked and raped her, they didn't need to see her face then. They are just trying to intimidate her into not testifying. As long as she is postively identified as the person who was raped (this can be done by a court appointed woman), then she should be allowed to wear it.
    canadianmom1974

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 12:34 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • To some Muslim women wearing a veil in public is very important to them personally and to their religion. This is just a way to further humiliate and intimidate. It is wrong to put that on a person who has been raped, for God's sake. What is their to gain by seeing her face? She is still able to testify in court.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 12:35 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

  • do you think it's fair for a court system to change the rules
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    there is no rule being changed here, that is the problem.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 12:36 PM on Apr. 1, 2009

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