A couple passes by a road sign reading 'No burqa. No niqab' and 'No street traders. No beggars' in Varallo, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, in November 2009 (source taken from Wall Street journal)
An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.
Women who violate the ban would face fines of €100 to €300, while third parties who force women to cover their faces in public would be fined €30,000 ($43,000) and face up to 12 months in jail.
The draft passed by the constitutional affairs commission would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, niqab or any other garb that covers the face in such circumstances.
It would expand a decades-old law that for security reasons prohibits people from wearing face-covering items such as masks in public places.
France and Belgium have banned the wearing of burqa-style Islamic dress in public, as has a city in Spain. The Belgian law cited security concerns.
Meanwhile in Italy the law is sponsored
by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative Freedom People party, who said she wanted to help Islamic women better integrate into Italian society.
Do you think what security concerns had caused Burqa banned in Belgium? Emmm....hiding gun underneath Burqa?or bomb?
Furthermore, how can it makes by banning Burqa in Italy to integrate Islamic women with Italian society? Totally nonsense,isn't it ?!!!
To live harmoniously, everyone should understand and respect others' right in term of faith while not to condone of action like what it had been done.
But i guess, i know something that you may not on why Burqa is banned in Italy. It is meant easier for their Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to find victims amongst women to satisfy his sexual desire in the name of social caused. (Middle finger to you Berlusconi!)