New women's room at Paris mosque angers some

Dec. 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM   |   0 comments

PARIS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Some women who worship at France's largest mosque say a decision to move them into a separate room from men is "unjustifiable."

Women at the Great Mosque in Paris had been allowed to pray in the same room as men, although they were concealed behind a curtain. The mosque opened a separate room for women underneath the prayer hall this month, The Local.fr reported.

A group of women were barred from entering the main prayer room one Saturday last month.

Hanane Karimi, a member of the group, said there was a "violent outburst."

"Moving the women is unjustifiable. We want to talk about this decision," Karimi said.

Some women in the congregation said they prefer the new room.

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