Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

The 28-year-old woman had been involved in an altercation at a shopping centre north of Copenhagen, where another woman had attempted to remove her face veil.

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

On the same day, the ban took effect, women took to the streets of the capital city of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city.

Should the woman refuse to pay the 1,000 kroner fine, the case will be sent on to the courts. She was asked to remove the niqab or leave the public place. They're investigating CCTV footage to see if the other woman had deliberately tried to rip off the niqab.

"During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again", Borchersen told Ritzau.

Since August 1, Denmark's much-debated "Burqa Ban" has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

While the ban applies to all face coverings, including ski masks, fake beards and balaclavas, critics have argued the law unfairly targets Muslim women.

"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 of the law, meanwhile, claim the law will better integrate Muslims into Danish society.

Previous year the European Court of Human Rights upheld a similar Belgian ban, saying that communal harmony trumped an individual's right to religious expression.

Under the new law, people found wearing facial coverings in public can be fined from 1,000 Danish kroner for a first offense up to 10,000 kroner (about $1,550) for a fourth violation.

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