The Haji Burka crowd is up in arms in Switzerland over a Burka ban for Muslims with fines of as much as £8,000.00
Just over 65 per cent of voters in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino voted in favour of banning the veil, according to preliminary votes of Sunday’s referendum. It comes as Britain debates if female Muslim doctors and nurses should be banned from wearing full-face veils such as niqabs and whether Muslim women can be ordered to remove their veils if giving evidence in court.
While the Swiss proposal did not specifically target Muslim women, it had become known as the “anti-burka” initiative. It was pushed by conservative campaigners and had been criticized by Amnesty International. As well as banning burkas, the full-body cloaks worn by some Muslim women, the initiative will also prohibit niqabs, which feature a slit for the eyes.
One of the main backers of the ban, former journalist Giorgio Ghiringhelli, said he wanted to put a stop to “the inevitable spread of niqabs and burkas.” He said the passing of the referendum sent the message that the Swiss rejected “militant Islam” and told the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation that he hoped other cantons would follow suit. SOURCE