Denmark on Thursday, May 31, joined several other European countries to ban garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils like the burqa and niqab. The decision by taken by the Scandinavian country’s parliament through an overwhelming majority was, however, condemned by the human rights activists who said it was “neither necessary nor proportionate”, news agencies reported. The decision was taken by a 75-30 majority with 74 absentees. The country’s centre-right governing coalition said the move was not aimed at any religion and doesn’t put a curb on headscarves, turbans or traditional skull cap wore by the Jews. The law, nevertheless, was seen as one directed at the Muslim women in the country who wear full veils. Violation of the anti-veil law hereafter will result in a fine of 1,000 kroner (134 euros) fine for the first time and up to 10,000 kroner for the fourth time or more. The law will come into force from August 1. The Danish government, however, tried to keep the matter in a low light and not attract too much controversy. The country’s Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen said that the police will be using their common sense when seeing people flouting the law,… Read full this story
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