Face-covering by Muslim women has been a topic of debates in recent times, with some rights activists defending the right of Muslim women to wear their veils, while critics believe that this practice should be banned.
NAIJ.com notes some countries across the world that have placed a ban on face-covering by Muslim women.
Below are the countries:
In April 2011, France became the first European country to ban face-covering in public. Although, this move started in 2014 when the government was clamping down on students displaying any form of religious symbol in public schools.
Women who flout the law will be fined 150 euro while anyone who forces a woman to cover her face will be fined 30,000 euro.
As if Belgium was waiting for France to take the lead - the country followed the footsteps of the latter by introducing its own ban on face-covering veils in the same year. Any clothing that obscure people's face was outlawed by France. The penalty for breaking this law is a seven-day jail term or a fine of 1,378 euro.
3. The Netherlands
The Netherlands approved a partial ban on full face-veils in 2015. This means that face-covering veils cannot be worn in schools, hospital and in public transport. The law didn't completely outlaw the veils in public, but forbids them in "specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen" or for security reasons.
Although, Italy does not have a national ban on the full-face veils, but the town of Novara imposed restrictions.
Several parts of Catalonia in Spain have laws against face-covering veils. The ban was overturned in some parts in 2013 by Spain's Supreme Court. The court stated that "it limits religious freedom". Other areas are still observing the ban after the 2014 European Court of Human Rights ruling that banning the veil does not breach human rights.
Chad placed a ban on face-covering veils two days after two suic*de bomb attacks in June 2015. According to the prime minister, Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet, all burqas seen on sale would be burnt. People could be arrested and sentenced to jail time for wearing them.
Cameroon followed suit a month after Chad by banning burkas following suic*de bombings by people wearing veils. The ban is now active in five of the country’s provinces.
The face-covering veils are banned in Diffa, a region that has been hit by Boko Haram, and the president suggested that hijab could also be banned.
In 2015, the face-covering veils were banned in public places to “prevent any attack of terrorism".
On July 1, 2016, Switzerland placed a ban on the full-face veil, though it only stands in the region of Tessin. Anyone caught wearing a veil can be fined up to 9,200 euros.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that lawmakers in Netherlands on Tuesday, June 26, passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings.
According the Dutch Upper House of parliament, the face-covering can't be worn in schools, government offices and hospitals.
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