ROME: A group of MPs from the Northern League, part of Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling right wing coalition, proposed the bill, which states that burkas should be banned in Italy, not for “religious reasons but for security reasons”. The move comes a month after the French parliament approved a ban on wearing a full-face veil in public.
The proposal would amend a 1975 law, introduced amid fears of home-grown terrorism, which punishes with hefty fines and up to two years in jail people who cover their faces with anything preventing their identification by police. Until now an exception has been made for the wearing of the Muslim veil on the grounds of religious freedom.
The Northern League said it wanted the law changed so that it included Italy’s burgeoning population of 1.2 million Muslim immigrants.-SANA