Bare heads OK for female Gaza attorneys

Female attorneys in Gaza are not required to wear a head covering in court, the Hamas government said.

Gaza’s Supreme Justice Council on Sept. 6 said the traditional Islamic dress was not required and rather was the personal preference of the council’s chairman. Female lawyers are requested, however, “only to appear in modest dress from now on,” reported.

The previous decision requiring headscarves, which the council now claims was not an official governmental decree, was criticized by rights groups when it was announced July 9. — jta