American Gill Parker Payne from North Carolina, which is in the plane flying from Chicago (Illinois), Albuquerque (new Mexico), pulled off Muslim women, the hijab, before he was fined in U.S. district court for $ 1,000 and sentenced to one year probation, two months of which he will spend under house arrest, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

The incident took place in December 2015, the airline Southwest Airlines. A Muslim woman was returning to Albuquerque after a trip to Ohio, where he helped her daughter to choose a wedding dress.

She was sitting near the aisle, and 37-year-old Payne had to sit behind. “He stood beside me, I looked at him and he down at me. I thought about her, and he came over, grabbed my scarf, my hijab and said, “take it Off. Take off this shit! This is America,” he told Khawla Abdel-Haq.

Muslim again rolled up in a hijab, and on arrival went to the police. To investigate joined the FBI.

In may Payne, who lives in North Carolina, but is engaged in trade and often travel for work, pleaded guilty to obstructing the free expression of religious beliefs.

Payne said that he was drunk during the flight and “remembers everything”, but now he’s very ashamed. At trial, he admitted that after the incident, studied religion through the Internet and have even recently visited a mosque to learn more about Islam.

The injured Khawla Abdel-Haq told the court that, on the contrary, he remembers everything very well and “not going to forget”: “This will be with me every minute of every day of my life”.

The woman, according to her, was so scared of the incident that hasn’t left the house for three weeks. “You insulted me and made a abuse of me”, she said. She stressed that her pulling off hijab was tantamount to public nudity violent: “He raped me, not just removed the scarf. I felt like it all took off my shirt and pants.”

The judge, in passing sentence, took into account that Payne is studying religion, and expressed the hope that it will affect his perception of the world. The defendant and his lawyer amber Feierberg refused to comment on the decision. As reported by The Independent, attorney Damon Martinez said: “This case sends a clear signal to those who intend to use threats or intimidation to violate the law, including members of our Muslim community.”

Conflicts related to Islamic clothing, there are often in Europe, that accepted a lot of refugees from Islamic countries. In the summer the authorities of the French city of Cannes has tried to ban the wearing on the beaches burkini – swimming costume for Muslim women that completely covers the body in accordance with the rules of Islam, the fall of the court has canceled the ban which but took root in Corsica.

In September, a Norwegian court handed down a guilty verdict to the owner of the barbershop, Merete Hodne who refused to serve the visitor-a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

In the United States fined the passenger, styanuvshih with Muslim women hijab with the words: “This is America” 19.10.2016

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