Norwegian government ditches police hijab plan

Justice Minister Knut Storberget has decided to withdraw the proposal to permit Muslim women to wear hijab with the Norwegian police uniform. This follows increasing protests fromthe political opposition as well as from within the three government coalition parties and also the police.

Making the announcement at a press conference, Storberget said he had decided to stop the process, after his department had earlier announced that it had accepted a proposal from the Police Directorate to allow the hijab, in what they said was a move as part of a desire to secure broad recruitment to the police.

Norway Post, 21 February 2009

Via Islam in Europe