May 4 2010
Italian husband says, “I have to keep her indoors, now.” (Good that’s where bagheads belong)
A husband has vowed to keep his wife indoors after she became the first woman in Italy to be fined for wearing a burka in public. Amel Marmouri, 26, was handed the 500 euro (£430) penalty after she was spotted queuing inside a post office by police with her body and face fully covered by the garment.
She was warned she would receive another fine if she were spotted again in her burka. Yesterday her husband said as a result he had no option but to stop her from going out.
Unemployed Ben Salah Braim, 36, said: ‘I just don’t know where we are going to get 500 euros to pay the fine. (Go live in Saudi Arabia)
‘We thought as she was going to the mosque she was OK to wear the burka. ‘We knew about the law and I know that (the law) is not against my religion but now Amel will have to stay indoors. I can’t have other men looking at her. (Sorry, Charlie, I don’t think Italian men have much interest in bagheads) ‘If the law says she can’t wear one then she will have to stay inside night and day. There is nothing I can do.’
Under Italian anti-terrorist legislation, introduced during the 1970s to fight political activists, it is illegal to be seen in a public place with your face covered.
The rule has never been properly enforced but earlier this year the mayor of Novara, where the couple live, introduced local laws which ban any clothing that ‘prevents the immediate identification of the wearer inside public buildings’.
The case comes days after Belgium’s lower house of parliament voted to prohibit the wearing of full face veils in public. If the senate agrees, it would become Europe’s first national ‘burka ban’. UK DAILY MAIL H/T JANICE
In some ways, Europe is way ahead of the U.S.