"But on the other hand, the headscarf could be dangerous for the woman wearing it, because if I try to strangle you and somehow pull your scarf around into a more dangerous position," she said.
Shafiq, of the Ramadan Foundation, said allowances should be made particularly for people of different faiths.
"It's not about political correctness," he said. "It's about being aware of the sensitivities around this, and positively embracing the diversity."
Maria Cheng in London and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.
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