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County, ACLU agree on headscarves for those in custody
by Sean Emery
Muslim women will no longer be required to remove religious head coverings in front of male deputies while in Orange County Sheriff's Department custody and will be provided temporary headscarves as part of an agreement between the department and the ACLU of Southern California.
The settlement ends a lawsuit between the county and Souhair Khatib, an Anaheim resident who claimed her religious freedom was infringed upon when she was forced to remove her headscarf, known as a hijab, while she was booked and in custody at a local court holding facility in 2006.
"It means that religious freedom will not end at the doors of the Orange County courthouse," said Mark Rosenbaum, chief counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
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