First fine handed down for violation of Denmark’s new ‘Burqa Ban’

Scuffle breaks out as first woman fined for flaunting Denmark’s ‘burqa ban

The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156, 134 euros) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.

Police were called, and after reviewing CCTV tapes, told the woman she would be charged if she refused to remove the veil.

The episode took place in the center of Hørsholm center where the woman with niqab came up to top with another woman by an escalator in the center.

Veiled women take part in a demonstration against the veil ban.

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Friday's incident is reported to have taken place at a shopping centre in Horsholm, 25km (15 miles) north of Copenhagen.

Since August 1, the country's much-debated "Burqa Ban" has prohibited full-body burqas, as well the niqab - Muslim dress which only shows the eyes.

The law also prohibits accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas, masks and false beards.

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.

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Human rights campaigners have slammed the ban as a violation of women's rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.

Women gathered in Copenhagen and elsewhere to demonstrate when the law came into force on Wednesday.

"This ban will have a particularly negative impact on Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa".

Denmark has become the fifth European country to enforce a law on full-face garments.

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David Borchersen reports that both women are being charged with violating the Order Order, while the woman in Niqab is also charged with violating section 134c of the Criminal Code.

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