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04/08/2018 20:49 BST

Woman Becomes First Person In Denmark To Be Fined For Wearing Face Veil

She was fined £120.

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A woman has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for wearing a face veil.

A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places.

Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm on Friday to confront a woman wearing a niqab garment covering her face.

The woman was fined 1,000 Danish kroner (£120) and told to either remove the veil or leave the centre. She opted to leave.

Since August 1, Denmark’s much-debated “Burqa Ban” has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

It does not mention burkas and niqabs by name, but warns that anyone who wears a garment that hides their face in public will be fined.

The law allows people to cover their face when there is a “recognisable purpose” like cold weather or complying with other legal requirements, such as using motorcycle helmets under Danish traffic rules.

First-time offenders risk a fine of 1,000 kroner while repeat offences could trigger fines of up to 10,000 kroner (£1,200) or a jail sentence of up to six months.