Swiss Ban the Burqa… Muslim women hit with $9,800 fine
Switzerland overwhelmingly votes for burqa ban with $9,800 fine for Muslim women who rebel
WOMEN wearing a burqa in Switzerland will now be fined a whopping £6,500 after an overwhelming number voted to bring in ban.
Muslim women can no longer wear the full-body garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings and anyone caught flouting the ban could be struck with a £6,500 fine.The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country’s federal law.
Meanwhile, in Islamic State-controlled Syria, women are REQUIRED to wear the burqa
The ban comes in the wake of heightened terrorist alerts across Europe
Other face coverings such as masks, balaclavas or crash helmets are still permitted.Heightened security measures were put in place before the vote, with metal detectors installed to screen those entering the parliament.Giorgio Ghiringhelli, who drew up the proposal, said the result sent a message to “Islamist fundamentalists” in the country.
Giorgio Ghiringhelli said the result sent a message to “Islamist fundamentalists” in the country
He added: “Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of their religion.”But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome.”Amnesty International termed it a “black day for human rights in Ticino.”
Two in three voters in the Swiss canton backed the move
The Ticino law was inspired by a similar French ban, which was upheld by the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.France’s parliament passed the burqa ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who called it discriminatory.Women can be fined up to £150 for wearing the burqa in France, which has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe.
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