Switzerland: Ban on Burqa in public places


Now anyone wearing burqa will be subjected for penalty up to $10,155 in Ticino region as authorities has enforced a ban on burqas from july 1.

As per Daily Mail reports, the authorities in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region rolled out the restriction from July 1, banning people from wearing a full face veil or burqas in shops, restaurants and public buildings.

The local government in the southern Swiss state approved the rule after a referendum in September 2013 saw two in three voters agreed for the move.

Fines of up to $10,155 would be imposed if someone disobey the rules, although the minimum fine would be nearly $100.

The move comes despite the huge popularity of the region among tourists from the Middle East.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in capital Bern had earlier written on Twitter: “The embassy wishes to emphasize that the Ticino cantonal authorities in south eastern Switzerland have announced that as of July 1, 2016 they will start to enforce the burqa ban in public places in the canton, including in Lugano, Locarno, Magadino, Bellinzona, Ascona and Mendrisio”.

The Ticino authorities had originally wanted to put a restriction on burqas and niqabs as well as balaclava masks — a close-fitting woollen garment covering the whole head and neck except for parts of the face — usually worn by demonstrators.

Wefornews Bureau

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