Austria’s parliament passed into law that bans women from wearing full-face veil, in which violators will face a fine of 150 euros starting October when the legislation comes to effect, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The new law is part of the government’s integration package although it wasn’t immediately clear how many women would be affected by the ban.
The coalition government’s two parties, Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), have agreed to bring the measure into law although it was initially opposed by the socialists, according to Die Welt.
Under the new law, wearing of an Islamic full-face veil like burqa and niqab is not allowed at courts, universities or in public transport.
The integration package will also outlaw the public distribution of the Quran, following cases in which radical Muslims accused of spreading hate use it as a tool to recruit new members.
The law also requires migrants to attend mandatory one-year courses to learn Western values and the German language.