Denmark passes law to ban use of burqa, niqab from August 1

Denmark passes law to ban use of burqa, niqab from August 1

Denmark passes law to ban use of burqa, niqab from August 1

The Islamification of Europe was dealt a blow Thursday as the Danish parliament voted yes to banning clothing that covers the face, including the burqa (the head to toe garment) and the niqab (a cloth covering the face) in public places.

The country's parliament voted 75 to 30 to implement a law that prohibits wearing veils in public, the BBC reported. The government says that it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap.

Interestingly, this new law, popularly dubbed as "Burqa Ban" is seen as targeting Muslim women in the country who choose to wear a particular type of clothing.

The Guardian reports that the "burqa ban", as its known, is mostly seen as a law directed at Muslim women.

Those violating the law, which comes into force on 1 August, risk a fine of 1,000 kroner (£118).

Those violating the law will have to pay a fine of 1,000 kroner (Rs 10,595). Anyone forcing a person to wear garments covering the face by using force or threats can be fined or face up to two years in prison.

Restrictions on full-face veils are also in place in Belgium, Austria and parts of Switzerland, while other European countries have debated the issue.

The justice ministry and the police now will write more detailed guidelines. In fact, a 2009 study from the University of Copenhagen suggests that the number of Muslim women who wear niqabs in Denmark ranges from 100 to 200.

The wording of the new legislation does not specifically mention Muslim women but says that "anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine".

It will include full-face veils like the niqab, balaclavas, face-covering ski masks, face masks and fake beards, but not protective masks.

Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen in April said the Danish police will not forcibly remove veils from women.

A ban on wearing the full-face veil in public went into force in France in 2011.

Zainab Ibn Hssain, who lives in Copenhagen and has been wearing the niqab for the a year ago, told Reuters: "It's not nice".

Telling women how to dress doesn't liberate them - it denies them the right to make their own choices.

Women wearing the Islamic veil sit in the audience seats of the Danish Parliament.

German lawmakers approved a partial ban on "covering the face" previous year.

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