Denmark hands out first fine under controversial 'burqa ban'



The woman in the veil encountered another female who tried to tear it off, resulting in a minor scuffle. This confirms North Zealand Police.

A 28-year-old woman has become the first person to be charged in Denmark for refusing to remove a niqab.

Danish police were called to the scene - and fined her 1,000 kronor (£120) on the spot. Under the new law, police will be allowed to order people to remove face veils in public areas.

Several women wearing niqabs - which fully cover the body but leave the eye area open - told CNN the ban would make it hard for them to leave their homes, whether to take their children to school, shop for groceries or just move around their communities.

The police do not consider that there was self-sufficiency against the niqab-bearing woman. "If the intention of this law was to protect women's rights, it fails abjectly".

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

Both women have been charged for fighting in public, but the Muslim woman was also fined for failing to obey the new law.

"She is made aware that it is no longer legal to wear that clothing. She chose the latter".

Coming into force on August 1, Denmark's ban prohibits the wearing of facial coverings such a balaclavas, masks and false beards.

The new burka law means that all forms of clothing that cover the face are now banned in public spaces, unless they serve a creditable goal.

"Denmark's ban is part of a worrisome trend that only marginalizes Muslim women in Europe and penalizes them for expressing their beliefs", Women's Rights Division researcher Hillary Margolis wrote.

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