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The Dutch cabinet approved a partial ban on burkas, barring observant Muslim women from wearing the face-covering veil in certain public spaces such as schools, hospitals and public transportation, AFP reported on Friday.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the ban would only be applicable for security reasons, “in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen.”
He denied that the legislation had religious motivations.
A government statement confirmed that burkas would be banned on public transportation, and in government, education, and healthcare institutions.
Those who fail to abide with the ban will be fined up to €405, AFP reprted.
The government said that, with this law, it sought to balance “people’s freedom to wear the clothes they want and the importance of mutual and recognizable communication.”