NY park denies entry to Muslim women wearing hijab
New York: An amusement park here refused
entry to a group of Muslim women to sit on certain rides
unless they removed their `hijabs`, a move which led to a
scuffle and arrest of at least 15 people.
The scuffle at the amusement park at Rye here yesterday
led to the complex being shut down temporarily.
The women had come to the park as part of a trip organised
by the Muslim American Society of New York to celebrate the
end of the holy month of Ramadan.
About 3,000 people were expected to be part of the group,
travelling from New York City, as well as surrounding suburbs
like Yonkers and parts of Long Island.
Events took a turn for the worse when some female members
of the group, wearing head scarves, were told they could not
get on certain rides because their heads were covered by the
A park supervisor also presented a list of rides that
would require the women to remove their scarves.
Commissioner of the Westchester County Parks Department
Kathleen O`Connor said the group became "frustrated as they
couldn`t get on the rides".
According to park officials, disappointed customers were
offered a refund when about 20 members of the group started
Some members of the group said the fight began when a park
employee touched a Muslim woman.
The department`s deputy commissioner Peter Tartaglia said
a couple of park rangers intervened when the group members
began pushing and shoving.
One ranger sustained an injured shoulder and the other an
Fifteen men and women were arrested and charged after the
scuffle, county officials said, without specifying whether all
of them were members of the tour group.
The arrested were later released.
County officials said the women were asked to remove their
head scarves under the park`s safety policy and that the
organisers had been warned about it.
"We told them several times we have what we call a
headgear policy, meaning there are certain rides where you
can`t wear headgear of any sorts," Tartaglia said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- IAF Mirage fighter plane lands on Yamuna Expressway!
- 'Maggi' under regulatory scanner for excess amount of lead, MSG
- Watch: Michelle Obama's 'Gimme Five' fitness video
- When Subramanian Swamy shocked people at a wedding!
- Mumbaikars join hands to save Pakistani teen with rare illness
- Mumbai: Diamond export company denies job to Muslim youth
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 21, 2015
- PM Modi speaks at Golden Jubilee celebrations of poet Dinkar’s works
- Mirage 2000 fighter jet landing was part of capability demonstration: IAF
- DNA: IAF Mirage 2000 fighter plane lands successfully on Yamuna expressway
- DNA: Osama documents show 'Indian brother in Madinah' financed al Qaeda
- Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda and others get bail
- Vadodara: Policemen seen dancing with bar girls
- One year of Modi govt: Arun Jaitley addresses press conference
- ISIS executes Syrian fighter using anti-tank rocket launcher
- CBSE Class 10 Results 2015 to be announced today?
- IAF jet lands on Yamuna expressway
- Check Jharkhand Board jac.nic.in: Class 12th Art Results 2015 declared
- Fawad Khan doesn’t want intimate scenes with Sonam Kapoor?
- We hire only non-Muslim candidates, diamond export firm tells Muslim youth
- Is MSG in 'Maggi' noodles harmful for you?
- Mumbai firm booked for denying Muslim MBA graduate job on religious grounds, probe ordered
- New IPL rules could see Chennai Super Kings lose MS Dhoni
- Jayalalithaa makes public appearance, meets Governor: As it happened
- `Piku` hits jackpot, does Rs 100 crore business worldwide
- Anurag Kashyap to bid goodbye to India, settle in 'cinema-friendly' France!
- IPL 2015, Qualifier 2, Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Preview
- Geelani's passport application incomplete, cannot be processed: MEA