Woman fined $230 for wearing face veil in Denmark

Woman fined $230 for wearing face veil in Denmark

The police took pictures of the woman for evidence.

Police were called to a shopping mall there following an altercation Friday between the woman wearing the veil and another woman, during which the former's face covering came off, a police spokesman said. They also told her to either remove her veil or leave the public area, but she made a decision to keep her headwear on. She was asked to remove the niqab or leave the public place.

The controversial ban was met with resistance when it came into effect on Wednesday this week. They're investigating CCTV footage to see if the other woman had deliberately tried to rip off the niqab.

But when we get up and stop the tumult, one woman is wearing niqab and the other is not, "says David Borchersen".

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

The law allows people to cover their face when there is a "recognisable purpose" like cold weather or complying with other legal requirements, such as using motorcycle helmets under Danish traffic rules.

Thousands of woman joined the protest and marched through the capital Copenhagen wearing veils after the law, which many feel violates freedom of religion and expression, was passed.

Rights group Amnesty International condemned the ban as a discriminatory violation of women's rights that would have a particularly negative effect on Muslim women. They face fines of 1,000 Danish krone (£120) for a first offence, to 10,000 krone for a...

The law itself does not mention burkas or niqabs by name, instead stating that "anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine".