Darwin (Australia), June 21(ANI): An Australian Muslim woman has complained that she was told to remove her face veil during a job interview at a Northern Territory hospital in Darwin.
According to reports, a doctor at Royal Darwin Hospital asked the young woman to remove her veil during an administration job interview.
The woman, however, refused to do so, and filed an official complaint.
The Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission officers have launched an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, Northern Territory Islamic Society President, Adil Jamil, said that it was considered "offensive" to ask a woman to take off her hijab.
"It's against their religious beliefs. It can seriously hurt their inner self," The Herald Sun quoted Jamil, as saying.
"Under traditional Islamic view, a woman cannot show her face to any man except her husband and male relatives," he added.
He further said that there were about 2000 Muslims in the territory, but less than two percent wore a veil.
"They see it as reinforcing their religious beliefs and inner satisfaction," Jamil said.
The case comes at a time when several western countries are following France's lead in banning the wearing of the hijab in public. (ANI)