Malika Bayan, who received nationwide fame in connection with the trial against hairdresser Merete Hodne, says she has put away the Hijab.
Friday Bayan published a picture of herself not wearing a Hijab in social media, according to Jærbladet.- I’m still a Muslim. It voluntarily chose to wear a Hijab, and am at liberty take it off if I so choose, she says to the newspaper.
Hairdresser Merete Hodne was in the Jæren District Court fined NOK 10,000 for refusing Bayan access to her Salon in Bryne on the grounds that Bayan was wearing a Hijab. The case was brought before the Court of Appeals, who confirmed the verdict against Hodne. An appeal has been filed to the Supreme Court.
Bayan said that the trial has had no influence on her current choice. She says she will continue to fight for her case and the rights of those who wear a Hijab.
– I’m going to receive some flak because of this, I know that. Some will surely say that everything was just fake and about getting attention, but I must make a stand for what I do and concentrate on myself now. The case is of fundamental value and not a provocation on my part, she says.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today