Eric Brazau, 48, was arrested as he picketed outside the downtown building.
Dressed like an imam in traditional Islamic garb, Brazau was there to protest Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi’s letter of congratulations to a Muslim author for a book which supports men physically punishing their wives with a small stick.
Brazau’s friend, Ron Banerjee, said he was reading verses from the Qur’an. He was also acting out a skit with a female protester dressed in a niqab, pretending to hit her with a stick.
“He was doing great street theatre,” Banerjee said. “People were laughing, but then the cops pulled up.”