Lawsuit: New York Police Department forced Muslim women to remove head coverings

Updated 16 March 2018
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Lawsuit: New York Police Department forced Muslim women to remove head coverings

NEW YORK: Two Muslim women who say the New York Police Department forced them to remove religious head coverings after they were arrested have sued the city to force a change to the practice.
The women and an advocacy group are seeking class action status with the lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan federal court.
The city says it’s confident that its policy passes constitutional muster.
The lawsuit described how two Muslim women in separate instances were left in tears as they were forced to remove their hijabs and be photographed in front of men.
The city says people who do not wish to remove religious head coverings in front of others can be taken to a more private location to be photographed.


India’s semi high-speed train breaks down a day after its launch

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India’s semi high-speed train breaks down a day after its launch

NEW DELHI: India’s first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.
“There seems to be disruption [possibly due to] cattle run over. It wasn’t a scheduled commercial run,” Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.
The train eventually reached New Delhi and will resume a commercial run from Sunday, said the tweet.