- Associated Press
The draft passed by the constitutional affairs commission Tuesday would prohibit women from wearing a burka, niqab or any other garb that covers the face in public.
The news agency ANSA said third parties who force women to cover their faces in public would be fined about $41,000 and face up to 12 months in jail.
The law was sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Freedom People party. ANSA said the opposition voted against the law.
The draft will be forwarded to parliament after the summer recess.