Denmark joined a list of European countries on Thursday banning garments covering the face, including Islamic full-face veils in public places. The law, which was passed with 75 votes against 30, states, “Anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine,” reports said.
The Danish government had proposed to ban the full-face veil earlier this year in February. “It is incompatible with the values in Danish society and disrespectful to the community to keep one’s face hidden when meeting each other in public spaces,” Justice Minister, Søren Pape Poulsen had said.
The law is popularly known as the “burqa ban”.
The Danish government cleared that the law does not ban headscarves, turbans and traditional Jewish skull cap and it has not been passed to take an aim at any religion.
First-time offenders of the law would risk a fine of 1,000 kroner which would amount to US dollar 156. People violating the law more than once would risk a fine of up to 10,000 kroner, which would amount to US dollar 1600 or imprisonment up to six months.
Addition to this, any person forcing or threatening another to wear a full-face veil or garments covering the face would risk two years imprisonment.
Similar laws are followed by Austria, France and Belgium.
In 2017, the European court of human rights upheld a Belgian ban on wearing full-face veils in public spaces.