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Dutch parliament approves burqa ban in public places

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Netherlands MPs on Tuesday have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban on wearing face-covering burqa in public places including schools, hospitals and public transport.

The rule, to ban all clothing which covers face, was approved by 132 members in the 150 seat house, Telegraph reported.

The rule will go before the senate, where it must be approved before becoming law.

Under the law, burqa can still be worn on streets.

Similar bans were imposed in France and Belgium, amid the increasing tension in Europe with Islamic communities.

The citizens who violate the law will be fined up to 405 euros, Independent reported.

Freedom party, a far-right wing party which is leading the poll in ahead of parliamentary election, demanded a complete ban on burqa.

The Dutch cabinet had approved the plan in 2015.

The government backed the rule because it had “tried to find a balance between people’s freedom to wear the clothes they want and the importance of mutual and recognisable communication. The ban only applies in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen or for security reasons”.

The Liberal-Labour coalition government said that the bill does not have any religious background.