Netherlands Backs Veil Ban Plans

The Dutch cabinet has approved plans for a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil in public places including schools, hospitals and on public transport. However, officials say the proposed ban will not apply to wearing the veils on the streets. Only a few hundred women in the Netherlands are thought to wear burkas, most of them only occasionally. The proposed new law will be sent to a panel of legal advisers for assessment.

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