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Australia Muslim Veil Law Requires Women To Remove Face-Covering Niqab In New South Wales

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

CANBERRA, Australia — Muslim women in Australia’s most populous state will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving New South Wales officials authority to look under religious face coverings.

New South Wales state Attorney General Greg Smith said in a statement Monday that beginning April 30, officials such as justices of the peace and lawyers who witness statutory declarations or affidavits without making identity checks will be fined 220 Australian dollars ($236).

“If a person is wearing a face covering, an authorized witness should politely and respectfully ask them to show their face,” Smith said.

The face coverings also include motorcycle helmets and masks.

The government on Monday began an information campaign to ensure the public and officials are aware of the new penalties before they come into force.

The laws are a response to a court case last year in which a Sydney woman was convicted of falsely claiming that a traffic policeman had attempted to remove her niqab – a veil that reveals only the eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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