A groundbreaking case that led the Supreme Court of Canada to clarify the rules on whether Muslim women can testify while fully veiled is back in a Toronto courtroom.
A woman identified only as N.S. returned to court Monday to renew her request to be allowed to give evidence while wearing a niqab during the trial of two relatives accused of sexually assaulting her when she was a child.
“I observe the school of thought where the veil is obligatory,” the woman, wearing a black niqab that revealed only her eyes, told the judge, according to the Toronto Star.
Questioned by her lawyer, David Butt, N.S. said she wears the niqab to ensure she does not create a "sexual environment," the Star said.
The case was back in court some six years after N.S. refused to remove her veil during the preliminary hearing into the sexual-assault allegations.
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