Italy approves draft law banning burqas in public

Italy approves draft law banning burqas in public

Published On Tue Aug 02 2011

  • Associated Press
 ROME—An Italian parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.

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.

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