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Dutch cabinet approves partial ban on wearing veil


Amsterdam, May 23: The Dutch cabinet has put a partial ban on wearing the face covering niqab (veil) in public places like schools, hospitals and on public transport.

However, the ban will not be applicable wearing veil on the streets, BBC reported.

Netherlands approves partial ban on veil

"Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport," the government said in a statement after the cabinet approved Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's bill.

A fine of upto €405 ($450;£290) has been proposed for violating the rule.

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Only a few hundred women in the Netherlands are thought to wear burkas, most of them only occasionally.

According to reports, the proposed new law will be sent to a panel of legal advisers for assessment.

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