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Austria is preparing to ban face-covering garments

NikabNikab.Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Austrian Minister of the Interior has introduced new rules for face-covering garments. By breaking the law, you can be fined with up to 150 euros.


The law will come into effect from October 1, states security chief Michala Kardeis.

Previously, there has been a ban on the same type of garments in France, Belgium and the canton of Ticino, Switzerland.

Critics believe the ban is an attempt to punish Muslim women since those who wish to dress in nikab will no longer be able to do this.

Women who wear a burka in public will be asked to show their face and if they refuse to, it could lead to arrest, a spokesman for the police said.

The ban will also apply to facemasks, which are popular among Asian tourists.


© NTB Scanpix / Norway Today

2 Comments on "Austria is preparing to ban face-covering garments"

  1. Austria is not the only country that has taken this step; many western countries have already disrespected the Muslim beliefs. Hence the Muslim fabrics are not only beneficial for Muslim women; they are prepared to protect the skin from sunrays plus female’s respect from bad attentions. That’s why I don’t think Austria is making a good decision in this sense. They need to find any other solution.

  2. This face ban is an attempt at an integratio policy aimed at limiting the visibility of orthodox Islam in public life has been criticised by police after it emerged that the law has mainly resulted in the issuing of warnings against people wearing smog masks, skiing gear and animal costumes.

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