A LOCAL council encouraged non-Muslim women to wear hijabs after being approached by girls from an Islamic school.
City of Greater Dandenong councillor Matthew Kirwan said the school girls wanted people to understand what it felt like to wear the religious headdress.
“It’s not about trying to promote one religion over another, it’s about improving understanding in a multicultural society,” he said.
The council suffered a massive backlash after the Herald Sun revealed the hijab “social experiment” last week, which involved participants wearing the garment for three hours and then reporting on their experiences.
It was aimed at providing “awareness, insight and education”, but detractors labelled it divisive and political correctness gone mad.
Local Christian pastor and Rise Up Australia Party leader Danny Nalliah, who took part in last week’s Reclaim Australia rally, described the hijab event as the height of stupidity.
“I challenge the Greater Dandenong Council to call on the Muslim women to get rid of their hijabs for one week and assimilate into Australian way of life,” he said.