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Karnataka hijab row 2022: 10 Countries where hijab is banned at public places

Feb 21, 2022
France In April 2011, France was the first European country to ban the wearing of burkas in public. A fine of €150 is imposed in the country for violation of this rule and €30,000 is imposed on anyone who forces the women to wear any face veils. The law was passed in 2010 to assure women's equality in the country.
Switzerland In March 2021, Switzerland banned the face coverings of women like burqa, niqab, and any face veils in public places. The act to ban the covering by women was passed by 51.2% national vote. The Swiss Central Council on the passing of the act said that it was a 'dark day' for Muslims, reported BBC.
Netherlands In August 2019, Netherland partially banned the face coverings of Muslim women like burqa and niqab. The ban was imposed in the country on August 1 in schools, government buildings, healthcare, and public transport. The ban was imposed in the country after 14 years of debate on it
Belgium In 2011, Belgium joined the line of France and banned full face veils. The people violating this law are fined and can even land up in jail for seven years. Everything which covers the lower half of the face is banned in the country. The ban was imposed citing security that police should be able to identify individuals in the public places of the country, it was approved by unanimous vote.
Denmark In 2018, Denmark declared a ban on face veils in public places. Danish government in 2017 considered implementing a law that prohibits people to wear anything which covers their face in public places. The proposal was given citing that anything which makes the identity of an individual unrecognizable should be banned.
Sri Lanka In April 2021, Sri Lanka imposed a ban on burqa or niqab. It is the latest country in the world to implement the ban on face coverings. The reason cited for the ban on it is national security concerns. The ban was imposed temporarily in 2019 when the suicide bomb on Easter Sunday killed more than 260 people in the country.
Austria In 2017, Austria implemented a legal ban on face-covering of women in the country, The country passed the 'Anti-Face Veiling Act' in the country. People not following the order will be fined up to 150 euros. In 2019, hijab was also banned in primary schools of the country having children up to ten years old.
Bulgaria In 2016, Bulgaria imposed a ban on face coverings in public places in the country. The violators of this law will be facing a fine of up to €750. The violators will also be barred from the social benefits of the country. The law was adopted for security purposes amid the wake of Islamist militant attacks in Europe
China In 2017, China ordered a ban on women's burqas, face veils, and long beards by men in the Islamic area of the country, Xinjiang. People who are seen wearing headscarves, veils, burqas and even clothing with a crescent moon on it are banned from using public transportation of the country
Republic of Congo In 2015, The Republic of Congo was the first country on the African continent to impose a ban on Burqa. According to sources by BBC, the face-covering in the country was used by some Muslim women to commit illegal or terrorist offenses in the country.