A 27-year-old woman is challenging a metro Detroit police department's policy that she says forced her to remove her traditional Muslim head scarf while in custody.

Malak Kazan's lawsuit was filed against the city of Dearborn Heights Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. She says she was forced to remove the head scarf, known as a hijab, during booking and while in custody after being arrested last year in Dearborn Heights for driving with a suspended license.

As part of Muslim beliefs, the hijab — which, unlike the niqab or burka, covers the hair and neck but not the face — must be worn when in the presence of any males who are not family members.

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