FIRST WOMAN fined in Denmark for wearing  full face  veil. A 28 year-old woman wearing a  niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported.

Police were called to a  shopping centre on Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer, David Borchersen told the Ritzau news agency.

''During the fight her  niqab came off, but by the time we` arrived she had put it back on again,'' Borchersen said.

Police took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera footage from the shopping centre of the incident.

The woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156) in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public place.

''She choose the latter,'' Borchersen said.

As of August 1, wearing a burqa, which covers a person's  entire face, or the niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public carries a fine of 1,000 kroner.

Repeated violations are fined up to 10,000 Kroner.


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