By JENNIFER NEWTON FOR MAILONLINE
Women who wear full face veils in public in a Swiss state could be fined up to £6,500 under new rules imposed by the local government.
|Women who wear full face veils in |
public in a Swiss state could be
fined up to £6,500
The local government in the southern Swiss state approved the ban after a referendum in September 2013 saw two in three voters backing the move.
According to the Local, the Ticino government had wanted to ban burqas and niqabs as well as masks worn by demonstrators and balaclavas.
However, MPs voted for a law that only applies to veils worn by some Muslim women and makes no exceptions for tourists visiting the area.
The minimum fine is 100 francs (£65) and women can be given a penalty of up to 10,000 francs (£6,500).
The Swiss Parliament says the ban does not violate federal law but it is not yet known when the new rules will come into force.
Visitors coming into Ticino will be informed at airports and by customs officers at the Italian border it is illegal for people to hide their face under a burqa or niqab, while in the state.
The ban on the burqa echoes similar legislation put in place in France, where women can be fined an initial penalty of £35 for wearing the garment, which can be increased to £150.
France's parliament passed the burka ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who said it was discriminatory.
France has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe, and many believe that society has an agenda against them.
Which is exactly what feeds the victim mentality ISIS uses to recruit disenchanted Muslims.
|An attempt by a British legal team to reverse France's burka ban was |
rejected by the European Court of Human Rights, pictured, last year
In a test case which will have widespread implications in other countries, judges said that the measure aimed at stopping women covering their faces in public was entirely justified.
They said that the right of ordinary people to 'live together' was a 'legitimate objective', and that Muslim women wearing face coverings threatened it.