French police warned against arresting veiled Muslim women near mosques
London, Apr 5(ANI): French Interior Minister Claude Guent has warned the country's police against arresting Muslim women covering up 'in or around' mosques.
The strict instructions are contained in a nine-page circular issued to officers prior to a full-blown burqa ban, which will come into effect on April 11.
"The areas in and around mosques will be exempt from the ban. The aim of this new law is not to cause humiliation, or even persecution. It is to make sure that people do not cover their faces in public in a manner which will upset others," the Daily Mail quoted an Interior Ministry source, as saying.
The new ban will mean that France is officially the second country in Europe, after Belgium, to introduce a full ban on a garment which Immigration Minister Eric Besson has called a 'walking coffin.'
While women face the fines and 'civic duty' guidance if they break the law, men who force their wives or daughters to wear burqas will face up to a year in prison, and fines of up to 25,000 pounds.
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