France is about to propose a law that would fine anyone who forces a woman to wear a burka (burqa). Such individual would face a fine of €15,000 (£13,000). In the meantime, in Belgium legislators passed Europe’s first ban on the burka in public.
France has already prohibited the wearing of Burkas in some public areas. The law could force litigation over what is “forcing” a woman to wear a burka — a fact determination that could be loaded with religious bias.
Notably, the vote in Belgium was unanimous, here.
The burka bans convene core principles of religious freedom in Europe.
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