Hairdresser fined for turning away Islamic convert in hijab

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Hairdresser fined for turning away Islamic convert in hijab

A Norwegian hairdresser who turned away a customer in a Muslim headscarf has been fined 10,000 krone (about £920) for religious discrimination.

Merete Hodne risked six months in prison for rejecting Malika Bayan, 24, from her salon in Bryne, a small town in southwestern Norway, last October.

Hodne, 47, must also pay costs of 5,000 krone. She told the court that she viewed the hijab as evil and a totalitarian symbol. Her lawyer said that she was likely to take the case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

The court said it had no doubt that…

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