Italy fines Muslim woman over veil

Police fine woman $650 for wearing face-covering veil in public.

    The incident comes after Belgium voted to ban the veil and France considers a similar move [EPA]

    The Tunisian-born woman received the fine after being stopped outside a post office on Monday, while she was with her husband.

    She is believed to have been wearing the niqab, a veil that covers all of the face apart from the eyes.

    When the husband refused to have his wife identified by male officers, the police called in a patrol including a female officer.

    Franzinelli said the woman had the right to appeal the fine.

    Novara, which lies in Italy's northeastern Piedmont region, is a stronghold of the Northern League, an anti-immigration party that is also allied with the country's conservative government.

    The fine comes less than a week after a Belgian parliamentary committee voted to ban face-covering Islamic veils in public.

    France is also considering whether to adopt a similar law.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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