• search
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

    France bans burqa; 150 euros fine on evaders

    |
    Burqa
    Paris, Apr 11: After a long controversy over an year, French government, finally, implemented the law to ban the burqa in the country. Now, anyone, wearing burqa, has to pay a fine upto 150 euros. The ban came on effect from Monday, Apr 11.

    The government sources informed that women, who cover their faces in public, be it shops, schools, buses or hospitals, face a fine of up to 150 euros ($190). The person breaking the law can be asked to carry out public service duty as part of the punishment or as an alternative to the fine.

    The government officials stated, "The ban does not target the wearing of a headscarf, head-gear, scarf or glasses, as long as the accessories do not prevent the person from being identified."

    "The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion," said Prime Minister Francois Fillon while defending the decision to ban the burqa (a full-body covering that includes a mesh over the face) and niqab (a full-face veil that leaves an opening only for the eyes.)

    Though the ban keeps the hijab (covers the hair and neck but not the face) and the chador (covers the body but not the face) outside the edge of the newly appointed law.

    The law will also fetch a 30,000 euro fine (about $43,400) and one year imprisonment on the people who will force a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa. Forcing a minor to do the same thing is punishable by two years in prison and a fine of 60,000 euros.

    However, a mixed reaction has come up from the Muslim people of the country as sources reported that a silent protest march against the burqa ban is planned on Monday morning in Paris.

    OneIndia News

    For Daily Alerts

    For Breaking News from Oneindia
    Get instant news updates throughout the day.

    Notification Settings X
    Time Settings
    Done
    Clear Notification X
    Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
    Settings X
    X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more