Niqab Ban

by Stephanie Harris

New ban in Denmark sparks protest and controversy around the world.

On August 1st, Denmark joined many other European countries and enacted a ban on wearing face veils in public. As a result of this ban, Muslim women who are seen wearing their veils in public can be fined by a police officer and told to go home. The fines can be anywhere between 1,000 to 10,000 Danish Krone — that’s about $155 to $1500 USD — depending on the number of offenses the women has.

As soon as news was made public, it was immediately met with widespread controversy and arguments related to the ban. As Ahmet Üzümcü, DIC Administration Team, stated, “Many danish people have been protesting against this ban by showing up in protest to protect women with niqab and to defend their right to wear what they want.”

Photos courtesy of Ahmet Üzümcü of the Danish Islamic Center Administration.

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