Italy's anti-immigrant North League party on Friday introduced a bill to the lower house of parliament that would ban the burqa. Wearing the burqa will be punishable by a year in prison, fines of 150 to 300 euros for the wearer and 30,000 euros for anyone forcing a woman to don the face-concealing Islamic garment.
Anyone coercing a minor or a disabled woman into wearing a burqa will be eligible for a 60,000 euro fine.
If a woman is wearing the burqa of her own volition, the 150-300 euro fine can be reduced, if she agrees to do community service aimed at better integrating Muslim immigrants.
According to a recent poll, 73 percent of Italians oppose the wearing of the full-face veil in public places and 55 percent would like Italy to pass a law similar to the French one.
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