The ban on cover has come into force in Denmark
Thursday 2 August 2018
Demonstrators in Copenhagen and Aarhus dressed in burka and nikab when they demonstrated Wednesday against the Danish cover-up ban.
The ban came into force the same day, two months after its adoption in the parliament.
The police had announced in advance that they would not intervene against demonstrators wearing burka and nikab, reports Denmark’s Radio (DR).
The bourgeois minority government received the proposal through the support of Social Democracy and the Danish People’s Party.
The ban on cover is primarily considered a ban on women wearing the full-fledged Muslim garments nikab and burka. However, according to DR, it is now also forbidden to wear loose beard, Finnish caps, mouth binders and knight helmets. Exceptions may be given, for example, in the case of Christmas gifts, and it is up to the police to assess how much coverage is required to be affected by the ban.
In case of first offense, the person is fined with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner. From the fourth violation, the boat is doubled.
It is not known how many women carry nikab and burka in Denmark, but several of them have stated that they will continue to wear the religious garments despite the ban.