Spain debates burqa ban in public places
SPAIN could become the third European country to ban the burqa in public places on the grounds that it oppresses women.
The proposal follows approval of such a prohibition in France and Belgium earlier this month.
The anti-burqa sentiment spreading across Europe has already led to a ban on wearing the veil in some parts of Catalonia and Andalusia -- areas where Spain's Muslim immigrant population is concentrated.
Not all head-covering veils would be included in a Spanish ban because some are part of the country's traditional dress. Women often cover their heads with a "mantilla" during religious festivals.
Spanish lawmakers are due to start considering a nationwide ban today, with a debate in Spain's Congress. (© Daily Telegraph, London)