JAKARTA, NNC - A Danish media reported that a 28-year-old woman wearing niqab on Friday, Aug 3, became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a controversial new law that prohibits the use of Islamic niqab in public areas.
"Police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman was involved in a clash with another woman who tried to remove her niqab," police officer David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.
"During the fight, the niqab was taken off, but when we arrived, she already wore it again," Borchersen said.
The police took photos of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security footage from the shopping center regarding the incident.
The woman was told she would be fined 1,000 Danish krone ($156 / 134 euros) at the post, and was told either to take off her niqab or leave the public area.
"She chose to leave," Borchersen said citing AFP.
On August 1, wearing a burqa, which covers a woman's entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, is subjected to a 1,000 krone fine.
Repeated violations are fined up to 10,000 krone.
The ban also targets other accessories that hides the face including balaclavas, masks and fake beard.
Human rights activists have criticized the ban as a violation of women's rights, while supporters argue it allows better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.
A veil covering a person's entire face has become a trending issue in Europe.
Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have imposed a ban or partial ban.