Denmark Fines First Woman Defying New Law and Wearing Niqab
A 28-year-old female was fined after getting into a fight with another woman, who had tried to tear of her veil.
Police were called to the scene and reviewed CCTV footage of the incident, which took place in a shopping centre in Horsholm, around 15 miles north of the capital Copenhagen yesterday.
She was told she would be fined 1,000 kroner (£119.37) ($155) in the post, and was told to remove her veil or leave the public space, but decided to keep on her headwear.
Police officer David Borchersen said:
‘During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again.’
Denmark introduced a law on August 1 where people wearing a burqa, which covers a person’s entire face, or a niqab, which only shows the eyes, while in public carries a fine of 1,000 kroner.
Repeated offenders could be fined as much as 10,000 kroner (£1,193) ($1,550).
Balaclavas, masks, false beards and other accessories are included in the ban.
The law does not mention mention burkas by name, but reads ‘anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine’.
Human rights campaigners have slammed the ban as a violation of women’s rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.
The full-face veil is a controversial issue across Europe. Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.
Friday’s fine comes after protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against the law.