Australian Muslims may resort to violence if headscarf laws not changed
The founder of the fledgling Islamic Association of South Australia (IASA) has warned a lack of tolerance could spark violence, after a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s headscarf was released on bail.
The imam of IASA, who goes by the name Shaikh M Tawhidi, today released a statement saying he feared a day “where the Muslim community might take matters into their own hands to protect their women and mothers”.
SA Police today arrested and charged a 27-year-old man from Kilburn in Adelaide’s inner-north with assault and offensive behaviour on a passenger vehicle.
They alleged he grabbed a young woman’s headscarf as she got on a bus at Churchill Road on March 16 and intimidated her for the rest of the bus journey into the city.
Police said the woman was not physically injured and the man was bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on April 18.
Mr Tawhidi said imams were striving “hard to reform the Muslim community of SA into a tolerant community”.
He said the alleged incident on the bus had provoked him to make a statement, warning the Australian Government to review its laws on headscarves.
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