Like many other Muslim women, Hadid wears hijaab whenever she is outside her home. However, for her police photo, her outer garment was taken from her. In the photograph, she can be seen in her underwear, attempting to use her hands to cover her chest. It's quite easy to see that she is truly mortified.
I thought about including the picture in this post, but I decided against it. I feel like I'd be showing the same lack of respect for rights that others are exhibiting with this incident. Some people are using this story as another opportunity to express their xenophobia. The comments can be found in every conversation that I've seen so far.
"You come to our country, there are certain laws, cultural values and codes of conduct that we've had for 230 years. If you don't accept them, then kindly get the fuck out. And tell your neighbors back in your pissant little country to stay the fuck out in the future."
"You know how to tell when an Ayrab goes thru puberty? When he takes his diaper off his butt and wraps it around his stupid head! I despise those jerks walking around this country acting like they're hot stuff on a stick."
"I say we respect her culture - she said she was guilty so it’s time to bury her waist deep and stone her to death. The scarf is optional."
"Women have fought long and hard to gain the freedoms we have, and even though there are plenty of bimbos on our landscape who could serve as poster children for harsher controls on women (Octo-mom comes to mind), still I don’t want our society, with all of its shortcomings, to devolve into some sort of medieval mindset."
No one has a right to see any part of my body. The sheer number of fake ids in circulation are proof that being able to see faces doesn't ensure that we know we have the right person when we see one. The people in those "pissant little countries" have been living here since before this nation was created. Their way of life is just as American as that of the average person walking around here. Furthermore, there are ways of dealing with this issue that do not violate the religious beliefs of Muslims. In other countries, female police officers deal with situations where a woman's face must be seen. It's just that simple. Once a female officer has established who the woman is, then there is no need to de-robe her.
I did see one comment that explains why forcing Hadid to take off her covering in the photograph doesn't really help the police investigation.
"The purpose of a mug shot is to id the defendant to potential witnesses viewing the photo, hence not allowing some persons to alter their appearance before the photo is taken. That is not relevant here: she was not arrested in the act of committing a crime, and presumably came to the authorities’ attention when they began looking for suspects in the home after the little girl was reported dead to the authorities. Since the murder apparently occurred within the home, presumably any witness already knows what she looks like."In fact, those who believe in personal liberty should support people being able to live according to their religious beliefs, to the extent that they are not trying to force others to join them. It's no more reasonable to say that we have a right to see everyone's face than it is reasonable to claim we have a right to see everyone's genitalia.
Also, it seems that many of the Americans weighing in on this incident are unfamiliar with the concept of "innocent until proven guilty". It's funny (in a sad, pathetic sort of way) how they are adamant that people should be forced to adapt to the way things are done in this country, while proving that they don't even believe in doing so themselves. The hypocrisy of some of my fellow countrymen is truly amazing.