Austria to ban burqas from October

In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to 150 euros (USD 168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

By: AFP | Vienna | Published:June 9, 2017 10:18 pm
Austria, burqas, Austria burqas, burqa, austria burqa, burqa ban, austria burqa ban, world news In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to 150 euros (USD 168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

New Austrian legislation came into force on Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1. The outlawing of the burqa or other clothing concealing the face follows similar moves in other countries in the European Union, starting with France in 2011. In Austria, people who break the new law could be fined up to 150 euros (USD 168), according to the legislation approved by parliament in May and signed into law by the president this week.

Other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an “integration contract”. A 12-month “integration programme” will include courses in “values” and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments. The legislation was hammered out by the centrist government amid strong support for the far-right and the arrival of 90,000 asylum-seekers since 2015.

The “grand coalition” under Chancellor Christian Kern collapsed last month and early elections were called for October 15. The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), whose candidate came close to winning the largely ceremonial presidency last year, is riding high in opinion polls ahead of the vote.

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    Chandu Shah
    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    This should really happen throughout the world
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      samir
      Jun 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm
      Burqa uplifts the honour and dignity of woman.NOW,It's time to decide for respected families how they want their mother ,daughter's and sister's to be looked and dressed.I BELIEVE every self respected man HATE their family minded women to wear bikini's.Bathroom size Austria should not challenge Muslim culture's.Islam not for fool's.
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        anjuman Baig
        Jun 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm
        It is need of the hour. the medieval practice of treating women chattel and objects of men pleasure be banned and similar treatment to all 7th century backward practices of arabian desert be banned. Islam needs a complete overhaul and truth shall be accepted by Muslims to be free from the clutches of venturist-mullahs
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          Raghvinder Joshi
          Jun 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm
          The news reporter does not say why is the full face veil banned in Australia. There has to be a reason why this law is enacted? Such half baked coverage of news makes it look like a case of Islamophobia. The journalists must do their job sincerely and give the reader a balanced view, otherwise news like this is ammo inn the hands of those who are divisive.
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            suresh pandey
            Jun 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm
            It is Austria and not Australia.
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            k.madhukar
            Jun 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm
            Shall we send Manishanker Aiyer, Salman khurshid ,Mahesh Bhatt to Austria to fight the case for anti burkha ban ?
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              Indian
              Jun 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm
              You have forgotten , Sibbal, the shining knight in armour for K-U-T-S and peaceful religion.
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              Stereo
              Jun 10, 2017 at 8:01 am
              About time UK banned the veil and burka
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                chitta
                Jun 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm
                Austria might be Isis next target.
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                  salin
                  Jun 10, 2017 at 11:15 am
                  London does not ban burqa . Then why is it being bombed by ISIS?
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                    autonomous
                    Jun 11, 2017 at 9:05 am
                    TO implement " Sharee ah " law.
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                      Chandu Shah
                      Jun 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm
                      London should ban the sack
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