Burqa ban goes into effect Monday

Religious leaders tell them to wear a burqa.

Politicians tell them not to wear a burqa.

Where are women’s voices in this debate? The ones insisting  they not be forced to wear a burqa are forcing them not to – doesn’t make sense to me – seems like they have an ulterior motive because their certainly not trying to liberate women.

French police arrest burqa ban protesters

“The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion,” he said in an official government newspaper explaining the law.

The law imposes a fine of 150 euros ($190). The person breaking the law can be asked to carry out public service duty as part of the punishment or as an alternative to the fine.

The law was passed in October but included a six-month period to inform people of the penalty before it went into effect.

Penalties for forcing a person to wear a burqa are part of the law, and they became effective immediately in October.

Forcing a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa is punishable by a year in prison and a 30,000 euro fine (about $43,400). Forcing a minor to do the same thing is punishable by two years in prison and 60,000 euro.

The government has called this coercion “a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil.”