Face Coverings Banned in France!
Many of you may remember a blog entitled “Controversy with Niqabs in Court” about how some European countries were planning on passing laws that make it illegal to wear full face veils not only in court but in all public places. Here is an update to that blog.
The law passed and it is now illegal to wear niqabs in public places in France with fines and jail time if the law is not followed . As of July 2010, it was estimated that only 2,000 women wear full veils in France. Not surprisingly, the bill [now a law in France] is opposed by the 5 million Muslims living there.
Critics argue that the law breaches French and European human rights legislation. They contend that public places are too broadly defined and includes all streets, thoroughfares and entertainment venues. Supporters of the bill claim that it is in support of women’s rights and not an effort to single out or stigmatize a religion.
With the implementation of this new law women can be fined 150 euros for wearing their niqabs in public. What is more interesting is that this law also proposes to punish husbands who force their wives to wear the burka. They can receive a fine up to 30,000 euros and jail time.
What is your opinion on this new law? Does it violate constitutional freedoms? Can you see the need to eliminate the full facial veil in public places?
Watch this video and listen to the argument from the perspective of a French woman who intends to ignore the new law and continue to wear her Niqab in public.