Woman fined $210 for wearing burqa in Denmark under new law

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Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera footage from the shopping centre of the incident.

The woman was fined $156 for wearing a full face veil in public and asked to either take the garment off or leave the shopping centre.

"During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again", police officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

"She chose the latter", Borchersen said.

Both women have been charged for fighting in public, but the Muslim woman was also fined for failing to obey the new law.

Since 1 August, Denmark's much-debated burka ban has provoked protests and criticism from human rights groups.

The new law bans wearing a burqa, which covers a person's entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public.

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A spokesperson for group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) told the Independent: "The objective of this demonstration is to show that we do not accept this kind of unjust treatment regardless of who we are dealing with".

The law does not mention mention burkas by name, but reads "anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine".

Fines can go up to $1,552 for repeated violations.

Some Muslim women have said they will not adhere to the law - which carries a 10,000 ($1,500; £1,200) kroner penalty for repeat offenders.

Along with the niqab and the burqa, the ban applies to balaclavas, masks, false beards and other accessories.

Similar full or partial bans against wearing a veil are also in place in France, Austria, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria.

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