Woman fined $230 for wearing face veil in Denmark

05 August, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • A wearer of the niqab weeps as she is embraced by a police officer during a demonstration against the Danish face veil ban in Copenhagen

The police took a photo of the woman in the niqab, as well as securing other video evidence from surveillance cameras in the shopping centre.

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

Denmark's controversial ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force as women protested the new measure which fines anyone wearing the garment.

Police arrived on the scene and reviewed CCTV footage of what happened, before telling the woman that she would be fined 1,000 kroner (£119.37) in the post.

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The police was called to a shopping centre in Hørsholm Midtpunkt, around 15 miles north of Copenhagen, on Friday, to confront two women causing disturbance when they saw that one of them was wearing a niqab.

Following the Danish vote in May, Amnesty International's Gauri van Gulik said in a statement: "All women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that expresses their identity or beliefs".

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

Should the woman refuse to pay the 1,000 kroner fine, the case will be sent on to the courts. Other European countries have similar bans.

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It does not mention burkas and niqabs by name, but says "anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine".

They face fines of 1,000 Danish krone (£120) for a first offence, to 10,000 krone for a...

Civil liberties campaigners and Muslim women's advocacy groups have argued that the ban is discriminatory.

Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have also imposed bans or partial bans.

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