First Woman Charged In Denmark For Refusing To Remove Niqab

  • First Woman Charged In Denmark For Refusing To Remove Niqab

First Woman Charged In Denmark For Refusing To Remove Niqab

As protests in Denmark continue after a new law banning face veils in public took effect on Wednesday, a photograph of a cop hugging a woman wearing burka drew global attention to the ban after it went viral.

The police took a photo of the woman in the niqab, as well as securing other video evidence from surveillance cameras in the shopping centre.

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

"During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again", Mr Borchersen said.

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.

A woman has become the first person in Denmark to be officially charged with wearing a face veil - or niqab - in public.

Both women have been charged with disturbing the peace, The Copenhagen Post newspaper reported.

The new law has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

Human Rights Watch has labelled the ban "discriminatory" and said it was the "latest in a harmful trend".

It does not mention burkas and niqabs by name, but warns that anyone who wears a garment that hides their face in public will be fined.

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.

She was also informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156/€134) in the mail. Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.