A Perth Muslim woman wants a judge to decide whether she can wear a burka while giving evidence.

The woman believes she could say the "wrong things" if forced to take off the traditional covering.

Tasneem, who did not want her last name published, said she had worn the burka -- which covers her whole body except her eyes and hands -- for about 20 years and it would be uncomfortable to take it off in front of men she did not know while in the witness box.

"It's not that I'm being funny or obstinate or whatever, it's just that I'm feeling uncomfortable to uncover in court in front of all these people," she told The Australian. "I'd probably say the wrong things because I'm not used to uncovering in front of men."

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