France’s controversial ban on wearing Islamic veils such as burqas and niqabs took effect today (Monday, April 11 2011). The ban pertains to burqa and niqabs though it doesn’t ban hijab.
Burqa and Niqab
“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 Interior Ministry said in a statement
“The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion,” he said in an official government newspaper explaining the law.Source: edition.cnn.com
A person breaking the law will be fined 150 euros ($190). As an alternative to the fine, the person can be asked to carry out public service duty.
Forcing a woman to wear niqab or burqa was banned in October 2010.
Forcing a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa is punishable by a year in prison and a 30,000 euro fine (about $43,400). Forcing a minor to do the same thing is punishable by two years in prison and a fine of 60,000 euros (about $86,700).Source: edition.cnn.com
Such bans are widely supported in most of Europe. The ban came into effect despite amnesty International repeatedly urging France not to impose the ban, saying it violates European human rights law.
What do you all think? Do you support the ban?