A Muslim woman in southern Sweden has filed a complaint with the Equality Ombudsman because a doctor refused to treat her after she wouldn't shake his hand for religious reasons.

The incident took place in Malmö last spring when the woman was referred to a specialist by her own doctor as she was suffering stomach pain.

According to the Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO) the woman did not have any issue with being examined by a man. However, when the specialist reached out to shake her hand she refused the gesture, arguing it was against her religious beliefs.

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