Crowdfunding campaign reaches $40,000 for Quebec woman told to remove hijab in court
Wearing the Hijab when she went to court, Rania El-Alloul poses for a photograph at her home in Montreal, Saturday, February 28, 2015. (Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, March 1, 2015 7:31PM EST
MONTREAL -- A crowdfunding campaign in support of a Quebec woman who was refused her day in court because she was wearing a hijab has raised over $40,000.
The campaign was launched on Friday to help Rania El-Alloul buy a car.
It's in response to a judge's refusal to hear her case against the Quebec automotive insurance board, which had seized her vehicle.
On Tuesday, Quebec Court Judge Eliana Marengo told El-Alloul that her case would not be heard unless she removed her headscarf, saying it wasn't appropriate to wear in her courtroom.
The judge's decision has drawn widespread condemnation from citizens, politicians and civil rights groups across the country.
The campaign spread rapidly over social media and surpassed its goal of $20,000 in twenty-four hours.
Over 850 people donated through the gofundme website.
El-Alloul has indicated she will file a complaint against the judge.