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Lawyers: Houston jailers refuse to let observant Muslim wear hijab
by Brian Rogers
An observant Muslim woman in the Harris County jail is being denied access to traditional head covering and sleeves, a violation of her religious rights, according to her lawyers.
Nadia Irsan, 31, is in jail awaiting trial on a charge of stalking, accused along with other family members for taking part in two fatal shootings in 2012 that authorities called "honor killings."
"She's Muslim and her practice is for her to be covered," said Jackie Carpenter, one of Irsan's lawyers. "This is about how she's being treated and it's a violation of her rights."
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