Prime News, International, Amsterdam, August 2:- The Netherlands banned face-covering clothing, such as a burqa or niqab, in public buildings and on transport as a contentious law on the garment came into force.
Between 100 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the European country of 17 million people. The law states that people who wear any face covering garment in public buildings, hospitals, schools and on trams and trains, face a fine of €150.
The legislation which was passed in June last year after more than a decade of political debate on the subject – also applies to other face coverings such as full-face helmets, balaclavas or ski mask. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)