The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places.
The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim women.
Under the proposals anyone found covering their face would be fined 1,000 kroner (£120), or up to 10,000 kroner (£1,200) if they are repeatedly caught.
“It is incompatible with the values of the Danish society or the respect for the community to keep the face hidden when meeting each other in the public space,” Justice Minister Justice Soren Pape Poulsen said.
“With a ban, we draw a line in the sand and establish that here in Denmark we show each other trust and respect by meeting each other face to face,” he said.
Denmark is to join France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria in banning this medieval practice of forcing women to cover up. Should the UK follow suit? I think that certainly the face should stay revealed as how else can we be sure it's not a male suicide bomber?
Apart from that it's a restriction designed to keep, particularly islamic, women in check.