Spain debates burqa ban in public places
Published 20/07/2010 | 05:00
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)