Austria’s ‘Burqa Ban’ law comes into force

A law known as the “Burqa Ban” took effect Sunday in Austria, the most recent European country to strive over national its safety and its effects on the freedoms of Muslim women.

The rule forbids any type of full-face including — niqabs and burqas among them. Wearing a ski disguise off the gradients, a surgical mask outside infirmaries and party cover-ups in public is likewise vetoed.

The same day the law took effect, police required a woman to remove her niqab in Zell Am See, Metro reported.

Violations carry a probable penalize of practically $180, and police have the authority to use force if people resist evidencing their faces.

Only a small number of Muslim women in Austria wear full-face mantles, but they have become a target for right-wing groups and political parties.

France and Belgium have similar rules. The nationalistic Alternative for Germany party is calling for one there, too.

In December at a Christian Democratic Union( CDU) powwow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also proposed a burqa prohibit.

“The full shroud is inappropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible, ” she said at the time. “It does not belong to us.”

“It is every woman’s right to always dress how she requires, that is my opinion on such matters, ” Austria’s president, the left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen, said earlier this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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