Denmark Fines Woman for Wearing Niqab

28-Year-Old Woman Becomes First To Be Fined In Denmark For Wearing Niqab

Both women were charged with disturbing the peace.

The 28-year-old woman had been involved in an altercation at a shopping centre north of Copenhagen, where another woman had attempted to remove her face veil.

She was given a 1,000 kroner fine ($155; £120) after refusing to take it off at their request. Under the new law, police will be allowed to order people to remove face veils in public areas. The women pushed to each other and uprorious scenes arise in which the Niqab, among other things, is being torn by one woman.

Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera footage from the shopping centre of the incident.

Police officer David Borchersenexplained: "During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again".




Around 13-hundred people - mostly women - sported masks, niqabs and full-body burqas, as they marched, . despite the various penalties including an 120 USA dollar fine for first-time offenders or up to six months in jail for repeated offences.

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.

Denmark brought in a burqa ban on August 1, forbidding anything covering a person's entire face and the niqab, which only shows the eyes. The country's "Burqa Ban" also outlaws other accessories covering the face like balaclavas, masks and false beards.

In fact, the day the ban came into effect, around 1,300 Muslims and non-Muslims women marched through the capital Copenhagen to protest at what they saw as an infringement on freedom of religion and expression.

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