Update: Locals Protest Alabama Ban on Headscarves in License Photos

February 11, 2004

Source: The Huntsville Times


On February 11, 2004 The Huntsville Times reported that "dozens of people were expected to attend a legislative committee meeting here today to protest a Department of Public Safety order preventing Muslim women from wearing head coverings in their driver's license photos. Farook Chandiwala, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Birmingham Islamic Society, said Tuesday people from around the state were expected to protest the policy this afternoon. Chandiwala said as many as 45 people from the Huntsville area may attend the meeting of the Legislative Council/Joint Committee on Administrative Regulation Review, which is to set to hear proposed changes to a rule governing how legal immigrants to the United States can obtain driver's licenses."