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  4/30/2010, Iyar 16, 5770

Belgian Legislature Bans Burka


The lower house of the Belgian legislature voted unanimously on Thursday to ban the traditional Muslim body suit for women known as the burka from being worn in public. The wording of the law makes it illegal to wear something that covers the face so as to make the person unidentifiable.

If approved by the senate, it will become the first such ban in Europe but a vote on the matter is expected to be delayed. Approximately 30 percent of the country's Muslim women wear the garment.