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Indiana Muslim woman says she was kicked out of store for wearing veil

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GARY, Indiana -

Cell phone video captured inside a Family Dollar Store in Indiana show an employee asking a woman to leave because her face was covered by a traditional Islamic veil. 

Sarah Muzdaher Safi says she's worn her veil, known as Niqab, for a long time and has never been asked to leave a store. 

"Yes Ma'am, if you can't remove that from your face, I'm going to need you to leave the store," the employee can be heard saying. 

The veil covers Safi's entire face, except for her eyes. 

"This is a religious garment ma'am," Safi replied. 

The employee said it was a security issue. 

"I understand, but you have to understand this is a high crime area where we get robbed a lot, you need to remove that from your face or remove yourself from the store."

The clerk identified herself as a manager and told Sarah to leave two more times before wishing her a blessed day. 

"It's not just a blatant violation of the civil rights laws of this country," Ahmed Rehab from the Council on American Islamic Relations said. "But it's also a violation of the basic laws of decency and morality that you don't treat customers this way just because they have a different cultural background or a different religion."

Safi says she won't be going back the store. 

"I just want to understand," Safi said. "I wish people would do of me. Just try to understand. I want to explain to her what I believe." 

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