Denmark fines first woman $156 for violating 'burqa ban'

Denmark fines first woman $156 for violating 'burqa ban'

Denmark fines first woman $156 for violating 'burqa ban'

The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156, 134 euros) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.

The controversial ban was met with resistance when it came into effect on Wednesday this week.

Veiled women take part in a demonstration against the veil ban.

But when we get up and stop the tumult, one woman is wearing niqab and the other is not, "says David Borchersen". Under the new law, police will be allowed to order people to remove face veils in public areas. They're investigating CCTV footage to see if the other woman had deliberately tried to rip off the niqab.

Since August 1, the country's much-debated "Burqa Ban" has prohibited full-body burqas, as well the niqab - Muslim dress which only shows the eyes.

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

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Protests in Denmark broke out over the new law, which also bans balaclavas, masks, and false beards. Fines can go up to $1,552 for repeated violations.

"Whilst some specific restrictions on the wearing of full face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates women's rights to freedom of expression and religion", said Fotis Filippou, Amnesty's deputy Europe director.

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

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

Denmark's facial covering law came into effect on Wednesday, and brings the country in line with similar prohibitions in France and Belgium.

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