NYC Passes Bills to Allow Headscarves and Turbans

February 18, 2005

Source: Hindustan Times,0005.htm

On February 18, 2005 the Hindustan Times reported, "New York City became the first place in the US on Wednesday when it introduced two bills aimed to allow wearing of turbans or Muslim hijab in its services and put in place emergency measures to deal with racial crimes as happened after 9/11. Various ethnic, religious, immigrant and civil rights organisations had lobbied with city council members for introducing these bills to safeguard their rights. Councilman David Weprin, from Queens where Indians form a huge chunk of the immigrant population, is instrumental in the introduction of the two bills. He met with representatives from various organizations at City Hall before these legislation were introduced in City Council."