Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

First fine handed down for violation of Denmark’s new ‘Burqa Ban’

First fine handed down for violation of Denmark’s new ‘Burqa Ban’

A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab has become the first person to be fined for flaunting Denmark's contentious face-covering ban, which came into effect on Wednesday.

The woman came to police attention when a scuffle broke out between her and another woman at a shopping centre in the north-eastern region of Nordsjaelland.

The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($210) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises.

The woman was also asked to either remove the veil or leave, opting for the latter, according to the AP.

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

If offenders refuse to pay the fine they can be taken to court.

The new burka law means that all forms of clothing that cover the face are now banned in public spaces, unless they serve a creditable goal.

Chief of Police at North Zealand Police, David Borchersen, tells Politiken that the presence of police in Hørsholm Midtpunkt relates exclusively to the tumult between the two women, and nothing has to do with the fact that one with his attire contravened the law.

Recently people of all ages also took to the streets in Copenhagen in protest of the controversial ban, wearing face veils including the niqab and full-length burqa.

Justice minister Soren Pape Poulsen said the policing of the law will be down to officers using "common sense".

A spokesperson for group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) told the Independent: "The objective of this demonstration is to show that we do not accept this kind of unjust treatment regardless of who we are dealing with".

Denmark's ban on niqabs and other full-face coverings in public spaces went into effect on August 1, drawing condemnation from many who say the law is a form of religious discrimination.

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