Denmark fined 28-year-old woman for defying controversial law banning full-face Islamic veil
Stockholm: A 28 year old woman wearing a niqab became the first person in Denmark to be fined for breaking a controversial new law banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil in public places, media reported.
Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman got involved in a fight on Friday with another woman who tried to tear her up. niqab off, police officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau Press Agency.
“During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we got there she put it back on,” Borchersen said.
Police took a photo of the woman wearing the niqab and obtained mall security camera footage of the incident.
The woman was told she would be fined 1,000 crowns ($ 156, € 134) by mail, and was asked to remove her veil or leave the public space.
“She chose the latter,” Borchersen said.
Since August 1, wearing a burqa, which covers a person’s entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public is punishable by a fine of 1,000 crowns. Repeated infractions are punishable by a fine of up to 10,000 crowns
The ban also targets other accessories that hide the face, such as balaclavas, masks and fake beards.
Human rights activists have called the ban a violation of women’s rights, while supporters argue that it allows for better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.
The full face veil is a hot topic across Europe.
Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.