WOMEN wearing a burqa in Switzerland will now be fined a whopping £6,500 after an overwhelming number voted to bring in ban.
The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country's federal law.
The law which MPs voted for only applies to veils which covers the body from head to foot worn by the 40,000 Muslim women in Switzerland and also applies to all tourists visiting the area.
|Meanwhile, in Islamic State-controlled Syria, women are REQUIRED to wear the burqa|
Giorgio Ghiringhelli, who drew up the proposal, said the result sent a message to "Islamist fundamentalists" in the country.
"But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome."
|Giorgio Ghiringhelli said the result sent a message to "Islamist fundamentalists" in the country|
France's parliament passed the burqa ban in 2010, leading to protests from Islamic groups who called it discriminatory.
Women can be fined up to £150 for wearing the burqa in France, which has the biggest Muslim population in western Europe.
An attempt by a British legal team to reverse the French ban was rejected last year.
European judges ruled that the measure aimed at stopping women covering their faces in public was entirely justified, adding that the garment threatened the right of people "to live together".
Similar laws have since been passed in Belgium and the Netherlands.
In 2009, Swiss voters backed a ban on constructing new minarets and the ruling Swiss People's Party has made immigration a key focus of their Government.
Via - Express