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Austria imposes ban on full-face veil in public places
A legislation forbidding full-face veils like naqab and burqa has come into effect in Austria.

According to the government, the law which says that faces must be visible from the hairline to the chin is all about protecting Austrian values.

The ban which comes close at the heels of the upcoming general election later this month, could favour the far-right Freedom Party.

However, Muslim groups in the country have condemned the ban by saying that just a small minority of Austrian Muslims wear full-face veils. The law also prohibits the use of medical face masks and clown makeup.

Although, just about 150 women dress up in full burka in Austria, tourism officials are concerned that the ban would deter tourists from Gulf countries.

Notably, while France and Belgium had introduced a burka ban in 2011, a similar legislation is pending with the Dutch parliament.

Furthermore, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that a full-face veil should be prohibited in Germany. However, in the UK, which has a sizable Muslim population, there is no such ban on either the burka or naqab.

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