Dec 16 2010
The Correctional Service of Canada has hired its first female Muslim prison guard who will wear a hijab specially designed for the dangerous institutional setting. (So, that will protect her from getting raped by a male prisoner?)
Toronto Sun—As a correctional officer, she will be permitted to wear gloves and long sleeves to avoid skin-to-skin contact with male offenders in accordance with her religious and cultural practices, but has been told she may be required to remove them if circumstances require it.
“It has required some research on our part to ensure her religious and cultural needs are accommodated within the parameters of our requirements for safety and security of institution and staff,” said CSC national spokesman Graham Andrews.
A special hijab head covering is being developed that will come off easily if an inmate grabs her, instead of giving the offender physical control. Efforts are also underway to obtain equipment such as a breathing apparatus that works with the hijab. CSC and the employee have also established a mutual understanding about physical contact with men, which is prohibited under the Muslim faith. (All these accommodations, what’s the real reason they want a baghead in a male prison?)
“During exercises, she is wearing gloves and a long-sleeved shirt so that she doesn’t have to have contact with males in that situation. But she is fully aware that in an institutional environment, there may come a time when she does have to have skin-to-skin contact with males. She is aware of that,” Andrews said.
The employee has also worked with CSC to develop a schedule for prayers during break times that respects her religious requirements while also fulfilling the expectations of any other participant in the rigourous training program. Andrews does not believe there has ever been a job application from a woman who wears a burka, but said any request would be evaluated in the overarching context of institutional safety. (Unfrickenbelievable)
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