Denmark: women charged for wearing face veil

Denmark veil ban: First woman charged for wearing niqab

Women in veils protesting with signsImage copyrightAFP
Image captionHundreds of people protested against the ban on Wednesday

A woman has become the first person in Denmark to be charged with wearing a full-face veil in public, after a ban came into effect on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old came to the police’s attention when a scuffle broke out between her and another woman at the top of an escalator at a shopping centre north of Copenhagen.

She was fined when she refused to remove the veil.

The new law has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

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”.

An initial report into the altercation on Friday suggested that one woman was trying to remove the other’s veil, but police said this was not clear.

“During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again,” police spokesperson David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

Police reviewed CCTV footage to determine whether the second woman had intentionally pulled off the veil, and believed it was incidental to the fight.

They said both women were charged with violating the peace and said one had also been charged with violating the full-face veil law.

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

Two women wear niqabs at protestImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe niqab is a face veil that leaves the area around the eyes clear

On Wednesday night protesters gathered in the capital to demonstrate against law, with women in traditional burqas and veils standing alongside people with makeshift coverings.

Friday’s incident is reported to have taken place at a shopping centre in Horsholm, 25km (15 miles) north of Copenhagen.

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1 reply

  1. TO WOMEN WHO LIVE IN EUROPE.
    A good Muslim has to obey the law of the land where do you live, even though you do not like it/

    The existing authority exist with God’s permission, without God’s permision there is no the existing authority.

    Every citizen has to obey the law of the land.
    All love ❤️

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