First woman charged for wearing veil in Denmark
COPENHAGEN (92 News) – A first woman has been charged in Denmark for wearing a face veil in public, after a ban came into effect on Wednesday.
As per reports, a 28-year-old woman was fined worth $155 after getting into a scuffle with a woman trying to remove her veil. Police said that they were called and when they reviewed CCTV, informed the woman she would be charged if she refused to take her veil off.
The new law has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups. It was officially introduced on Wednesday after it passed in Denmark’s parliament earlier this year. It does not mention burkas and niqabs by name, but says anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine.
They said both women were charged with violating the peace and said one had also been charged with violating the full-face veil law.