Switzerland enforces burqa ban

Switzerland enforces burqa ban

London, July 8 (IANS) A ban on burqas has been enforced in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region with anyone wearing a full face veil being subjected to fines.

The authorities in Ticino rolled out the restriction on July 1, banning people from wearing the burqas in shops, restaurants and public buildings, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.


The local government in the southern Swiss state approved the rule after a referendum in September 2013 saw two in three voters backing the move.

Fines of up to $10,155 would be imposed for anyone breaking the rules, although the minimum fine would be closer to $100.

The move comes despite the huge popularity of the region among tourists from the Middle East.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in capital Bern had earlier written on Twitter: “The embassy wishes to emphasize that the Ticino cantonal authorities in south eastern Switzerland have announced that as of July 1, 2016 they will start to enforce the burqa ban in public places in the canton, including in Lugano, Locarno, Magadino, Bellinzona, Ascona and Mendrisio”.

The Ticino authorities had originally wanted to ban burqas and niqabs as well as balaclava masks — a close-fitting woollen garment covering the whole head and neck except for parts of the face — usually worn by demonstrators.

However, the officials voted for a law that only applied to veils worn by Muslim women and made no exceptions for tourists visiting the area.

The Swiss Parliament said the ban did not violate federal law.

The burqa ban echoed a similar law put in place in France, where women could be fined an initial $45 for wearing the garment, which could be increased to $194.


  1. France has done this. Swiss has done it. Now, Germany is planning the same. Why not in India? I guess it won’t happen as minorities form important ‘vote banks’ for parties like Congress. Don’t expect stenographers voice their opinion either. All of their ‘courage’ is limited and directed only in one direction – Sanathana Dharma!!


    • All of their ‘courage’ is limited and directed only in one direction – Saaanathaaana Dharmaaa’ – ‘Athiest’ RampaNNA from Yumreeka

      YOU said it Rampu. It is bcoz of the SD majority and the ‘fringees’ they spawn, and who are given a free run, we see so many atrocities committed against Dalits & others. Well, it is YOU the ‘fringees’ who are in power now. Let them pass a bill and let it pass in both the houses of the Parliament. What’s the point in sitting some 7K miles away on your saddle and complaining about your saddle-sores?

      Don’t yammer on and on about Canara Bank stenos like your Bill(a) Maher(a). Grow up, man!

  2. Joker Praveena Pinto’s incoherent response lacks any depth or seriousness. The ruling BJP gets attacked by Congress for trying to take action on pro-Pakistani groups!! Ruling party is called all names if they ever bring up uniform civil code or more rights to minority women!! Now, can you imagine the outrage by these jokers if ruling BJP talks about banning full face cover by a certain minority???? Joker Pinto’s entire ‘Beef Club’ will start returning their shirts, pants, SSLC certificate, expired passports and everything in protest!!! John Dayaala may immediately book a flight to go to US and cry in front of US senate!! The ‘bakra’ media will explode in outrage and act as if there is a civil war going on!!! Then again, how do you explain this simple truth to a simpleton like our joker? Oh well…

    • Now, pyareLallu RampaNNA, please take a look at this:


      HOWEVER, it is ONLY I who know the truth. You see, the poor BJP samaj-sevaka was ‘manufacturing’ some ‘vole pataakis’ well in advance for Diwali to distribute it to the minorities. Ahem! And lightning struck his poor house and blew up the works. Ya man…. ‘three much thundering & lightening’ that night you see!

      Please don’t be such a simpleton & believe the news report & what ALL others tell you. (Else, you’ll have to pawn your jhomblass chaddi, topi, lathi, leather shoes etc. We can’t have you shorn off your rich cultural costume, can we? naw!) Thoole Rampannere, they are all cronies of ‘Bakra’ media and they have sworn allegiance to the ‘Congees’. The Beef Jokers Party can never mfg bombs. Jeez.. that is the sole job of the IS. Not the Beef Jokers Party.

    • When European masters do it, our stenos…. – Yumreeki ThyampaNNA

      Ayyo Thyampuji, when it is NONE other than YOU who is sitting in some western land, and are essentially neither fully here nor there? how on your dhogla chaddi can you can call Indian media as “ours”?

      Btw, good news for you. Your RSS masters will issue new ‘yoonipharms’ for all the Chaddi Balaga faithful on Oct. 11. Please ensure that you collect yours on time. Can’t have you scaring the bejesus outta small lollypop-sucking kids and oldies on Oct 31st when you are dressed up in your current RSS outfit, can we? ūüėČ

  3. we don’t SEE a SINGLE word of what you write AGAINST YOUR Yumreeki meshtrugalum…(as though they are gonna grant some RSS ….. some space and time out there.. THAT is!)

    We HEAR PLENTY about India from Yumreeki RamPanna.

    How’s that possible, dear ThyampaNNA?

    Joker.. calls himself an atheist… but the word HINDU comes to the fore in EACH and every sentence. Pokka.. why did u run away from your beloved Akhanda Bharatha Maaaataaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?

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