Muslim student suing for defamation over Charter debate

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A Muslim woman is suing two people and a web site because she claims they said defamatory things about her after she appeared on a TV show to defend her right to wear a hijab.

Dalila Awada, a 24-year-old who describes herself as a sociology student and a feminist, is suing Louise Mailloux, the ex PQ candidate who compared male circumcision to rape, and blogger Philippe Magnan, for $120 000.

She alleges Magnan made defamatory videos about her after she spoke out against the PQ's proposed Charter of Values on the popular French TV show Tout Le Monde En Parle and Mailloux, who’s also a CEGEP professor, helped them go viral.

Awada says she was bombarded with hate messages and she wants to fight the case in court because she is not the only Muslim woman who suffered because of the charter debate.

“It was harassment and other Muslim went through it as well. It’s not normal that every time a Muslim woman participates in a democratic debate that she has to worry about the consequences.  It’s unacceptable.  We need to put an end to it," Awada told CJAD.

Awada says the harassment led to depression and then to dropping out of school last semester.

If she wins, she plans to use the money to start a non-profit organization to help women like her.

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  1. Christopher Pennington posted on 05/06/2014 10:04 AM
    Good for her! Her lawyer should try to extend it to a class action suit.
  2. Sic posted on 05/06/2014 12:56 PM
    You go girl , do not let up and teach these racists a lesson.
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