Australian journalist sues Hizb ut-Tahrir for sexual discrimination

An Australian journalist is suing Hizb ut-Tahrir for gender discrimination after she said the Islamic political party forced her to sit at the back of a room at a public meeting in Sydney. 

The Daily Mail reports that Alison Bevage is demanding that $100,000 is given to charity after she claims a representative of the group directed her to the back of the room at the Public Forums Incorporated meeting room at the KCA Centre, Lakemba.

Ms Bevage said that after failing to reach an agreement at the Anti-Discrimination Board the complaint was referred to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal where the first case conference was held on Wednesday.

The journalist said she wanted an apology and $100,000 in compensation, which she would then split among four not-for-profit organisations.

Ms Bevege told 7News that as soon as she walked into the HT event she was ‘immediately directed by one of the representatives of the organisers to sit in the back half of the room.’

‘I just don’t want to be told to go to the back of the room because I’m a female, who does that?’ she said.

The group has hit back at the journalist’s claims, saying it was a “mere request” and she could have seated herself anywhere she wanted. HT’s events are usually segregated in such a manner according to Islamic custom where men and women sit separately.

HT leader Ismail al-Wahwah reportedly said Ms Bevege should not be forcing what she thought was right and wrong on others.

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