Friday, September 23, 2011

French Court Fines 2 For Wearing Burqa

CNN reported that a French court yesterday apparently became the first court to impose fines for violations of France's ban on wearing of the burqa in public.  (In April, Paris police imposed an on-the-spot fine for violations on another woman.)  One of the women fined yesterday, Hind Ahmas, said she had sought out the punishment so she can take her case to the European Court of Human Rights. Ahmas was fined 120 Eros, while a second woman, Najet Ait Ali, was fined 80 Euros. The fines were later paid by a group called "Don't Touch My Constitution." The group has offered to cover penalties imposed on any woman under the French law.