The Dutch government has decided to ban the Muslim women from wearing face-covering veils in public places, such as schools, hospitals, and on public transportation.
The Dutch upper house of Parliament criminalized the act of wearing burga and niqab. Although this move doesn’t include the hijab, it will affect the Muslim women’s lives in this country. Violating the ban leads to subjecting a fine of 405 euros (about $472).
While Greet Wilders, Far-right Dutch politician, and Majolein Faber-Van de Klashorst, the Dutch Sen, defended from this law and mentioned it as the first step to de-Islamize the Netherlands, others had more critical comments.
Sen. Ruard Ganzevoort said that this law is disproportionate and makes these women to stay at home. Annelies Moors, professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam states
This is actually virtually a complete ban because the only spaces that are still available for women (who wear face-covering clothing) are the street and the private sector.
Several countries such as France, Denmark, Switzerland, and etc. have passed a law to ban full-face veils which was described as an attack on religious freedom by different sides. According to a law in Quebec, the people whose faces are covered are prohibited from receiving public services or working for government.
They claim that the ban makes public areas safer, but the supporter of religious freedom believe that the bans are discriminatory acts against Muslims. Amnesty International Europe Director Gauri van Gulik said that all women should dress freely and wear clothes that shows their beliefs.