When Rafath Waheed was arrested by the DuPage County sheriff's office last month, the department released a mug shot of the Muslim woman without her religious headscarf.

It's unlikely the photo was given much thought by those unfamiliar with Islam beyond the photo's connection to Waheed being charged with submitting forged petitions to run for a seat on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. A person of the Muslim faith, however, would have seen it quite differently and found the picture deeply disrespectful and insulting, religious experts say.

The situation raised what is becoming an issue for police agencies around the country: the need to be respectful of religious customs with which they may not be familiar while still doing their job in terms of documenting an arrest.

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