Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Denmark fines first woman for violating face veil ban

Denmark fines first woman for violating face veil ban

Mr Borcher said: 'During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again'.

The woman was told she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner (Dh570) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.

Police say they were called and when they reviewed CCTV, informed the woman she would be charged if she refused to take her niqab off.

The fine was the result of a new law banning all face-covering clothing that went into effect on August 1.

The other woman was also charged with disturbing the peace.

Danish police have fined a woman for wearing a niqab in a shopping complex, local media reported.

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

The new burka law means that all forms of clothing that cover the face are now banned in public spaces, unless they serve a creditable goal.

A spokesperson for group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) told the Independent: "The goal of this demonstration is to show that we do not accept this kind of unjust treatment regardless of who we are dealing with".

She was given a 1,000 kroner fine ($155; £120) after refusing to take it off at their request.

Other countries that have fully or partially banned the niqab include France, Bulgaria, Austria and the German state of Bavaria.

First-time offenders risk a fine of 1,000 kroner while repeat offences could trigger fines of up to 10,000 kroner (£1,200) or a jail sentence of up to six months.

Supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.

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