First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil

by Garry Watts August 7, 2018, 0:52
First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil

The woman was fined $156 for wearing a full face veil in public and asked to either take the garment off or leave the shopping centre. "She chose the latter".

The legislation came into effect on 1 August.

The ban has been ridiculed for its vague language - and for outlawing all facial coverings in public - despite its backers clearly stating its real target is the Islamic face veil.

But when we get up and stop the tumult, one woman is wearing niqab and the other is not, "says David Borchersen".

The episode took place in the center of Hørsholm center where the woman with niqab came up to top with another woman by an escalator in the center.

Several women wearing niqabs - which fully cover the body but leave the eye area open - told CNN the ban would make it hard for them to leave their homes, whether to take their children to school, shop for groceries or just move around their communities.

English Defence League supporters chant during a demonstration in Bradford city centre
Getty Images English Defence League supporters chant during a demonstration in Bradford city

The new law bans wearing a burqa, which covers a person's entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public.

Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have also imposed bans or partial bans of full-face veils. They face fines of 1,000 Danish krone (£120) for a first offence, to 10,000 krone for a...

Supporters of the law argue instead that the ban enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.

Huffington Post reports that the women and their allies were protesting against the ban on wearing face veils in public which just took effect.

Some Muslim women have said that they will refuse to comply with the ban and intend to continue to wear a niqab.

The country's much-debated "Burqa Ban" has prohibited full-body burqas, as well the niqab.

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