Netherlands: Women wearing burqa will have to pay $168 fine

Netherlands, another European country, is all set to impose a burqa ban from August this year. The ban which is officially called the ‘Partial Ban On Face Covering Clothing Act’ comes into effect on August 1. Violators will face a fine of 150 euro (Dh618, $168) if caught wearing it in schools, on public transport, in hospitals and public buildings.

Khaleej Times with reference to website reported that the ban requires public officials and public transport workers to ask people caught covering their faces to remove the burqa or ask them to leave the building.

The report added that if they refuse, the police can be brought in.

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The Council of State had recommended against introducing a burqa ban, arguing that there are already sufficient provisions in law to require people to show their faces.

Reportedly, there are about 150 women who wear a burqa or niqab on a daily basis in the Netherlands.

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Rasia Hashmi

Rasia Hashmi, a resident of Hyderabad, holds a Masters of Communication and Journalism, an MPhil in Social Exculsion and Inclusive Policy and PhD in Women Studies. She has 23 years of experience in the field of journalism.
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