Quebec's new religious neutrality law is so damaging to Muslim women in the province that parts of it need to be suspended immediately, pending a more complete study of its constitutionality, a Superior Court justice heard Friday.

The law, introduced as Bill 62, was passed by the Liberal government in October. Among other things, it forces Muslim women to remove face coverings in order to give and receive public services, such as riding a city bus.

Civil rights advocates are seeking an urgent interim stay on Section 10 of the law, which deals specifically with face coverings.

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