First woman fined for violating Denmark's new burka ban

Marsha Scott
August 5, 2018

Police were called on Friday to a shopping centre in Horsholm, in the north-eastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

Police arrived on the scene and reviewed CCTV footage of what happened, before telling the woman that she would be fined 1,000 kroner (£119.37) in the post.

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

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.

Should the woman refuse to pay the 1,000 kroner fine, the case will be sent on to the courts. The country's "Burqa Ban" also outlaws other accessories covering the face like balaclavas, masks and false beards. But the law - popularly known as the "burqa ban" - is seen by some as directed at Muslim women who choose to wear the face veil in public.

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People are allowed to cover their face when there is a "recognisable purpose" such as protection from cold weather, or cycling helmets.

Supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.

Around 13-hundred people - mostly women - sported masks, niqabs and full-body burqas, as they marched, . despite the various penalties including an 120 US dollar fine for first-time offenders or up to six months in jail for repeated offences.

Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.

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