Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

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

"During the fight, the niqab fell off the face of the woman, but at the time when we arrived, she had to wear it again", said police spokesman David Borchersen news Agency Rcau.

The other woman was also charged with disturbing the peace.

She was also informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156/€134) in the mail. Anything from burkas, niqabs, ski masks and even fake beards are encompassed by the ban.

The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($210) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises.

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"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.

Police were called, and after reviewing CCTV tapes, told the woman she would be charged if she refused to remove the veil. Repeated violators will be fined up to 10,000 kroner ($1,560).

The "Burqa Ban", which was passed in late May, was immediately criticized by global human rights organizations that called it a blatant attack on Islamic citizens of Denmark.

Human rights campaigners have slammed the ban for violation of women's rights, while supporters argue the ban enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society. France banned the full face veil in 2011, while Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and parts of Switzerland have restrictions in place.

"This ban will have a particularly negative impact on Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa".



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