28-year-old woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

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Police in Denmark fined a 28-year-old woman for wearing a full face veil, the first time a punishment was meted out since it became illegal on Wednesday.

Borchersen added that the woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156) in the post for wearing the facial covering, and that she would need to remove the veil or leave the public space.

The episode took place in the center of Hørsholm center where the woman with niqab came up to top with another woman by an escalator in the center.

Under the law, authorities can order women to remove their veils or leave public areas.

Some Muslim women have said they will not adhere to the law - which carries a 10,000 ($1,500; £1,200) kroner penalty for repeat offenders.

The controversial ban was met with resistance when it came into effect on Wednesday this week.

The police took a photo of the woman in the niqab, as well as securing other video evidence from surveillance cameras in the shopping centre.

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The ban also targets other accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas, masks and false beards.

"She chose the latter", Mr Borchersen said.

Police said both women were charged with violating the peace and said one had also been charged with violating the full-face veil law.

Human rights campaigners say the ban is a violation of women's rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants.

Denmark's ban on niqabs and other full-face coverings in public spaces went into effect on August 1, drawing condemnation from many who say the law is a form of religious discrimination.

"Denmark's ban is part of a worrisome trend that only marginalizes Muslim women in Europe and penalizes them for expressing their beliefs", Women's Rights Division researcher Hillary Margolis wrote.

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