Given that only 200 Muslim women wear burkas and niqabs, that would appear to be over 10 percent
Source: Copenhagen Post
by Arushi Rajput
It’s been a year since Denmark’s contentious so-called ‘Burka Ban’ came into force on 1 August 2018. Since then, 22 women have been fined for violating the law, according to figures from the Rigspolitiet national police force reported by Kristeligt Dagblad.
Prohibition on face-masking clothing
The one-year-old law states that wearing garments that cover the face – burkas and niqabs, and even ski masks and fake beards – are now banned in public.
Out of the 39 fines issued so far, 22 have been for covering the face with a niqab or burka.
A fine of 1,000 kroner is applicable upon any violations of the ban, followed by 2,000 kroner – and then 10,000 kroner if repeated.
The controversial ban
The law created a stir in the public sphere, and hundreds of people in Copenhagen and Aarhus took to the streets shortly after its introduction.