Burkini Ban: Police Make Woman Remove Clothing On Beach


An unidentified woman, who appeared to be Muslim, was recently made by police to take off some clothing on a beach in Nice, France.

The woman was photographed removing a blue long-sleeved top and believed to be issued a citation, which may be part of the beach's "burkini" ban, notes The Independent.

Armed police watched while the woman took off what appeared to be traditional Islamic piece of clothing that is often worn for modesty.

The incident happened at the Promenade des Anglais where 84 people were killed during an attack on Bastille Day in July.

A burkini is a swimsuit that has a head covering, and is worn by Muslim women and non-Muslims, some of whom have had skin cancer, the burkini's designer told Agence France-Presse.

The burkini ban is not clear as to whether only burkinis are outlawed and/or that excessive clothing is also forbidden.

A 34-year-old French mother, who identified herself as Siam, told the news service that she was fined for wearing leggings, a tunic and headscarf on a beach in Cannes, France.

The mom's citation said that she was not wearing "an outfit respecting good morals and secularism."

"I was sitting on a beach with my family," the woman said. "I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming."

Mathilde Cusin, a journalist, told AFP she witnessed the incident: "The saddest thing was that people were shouting 'go home,' some were applauding the police. Her daughter was crying."

France's highest administrative court, the State Council, is expected to review an appeal by the Human Rights League to end the burkini ban, which is in effect on about 15 French beaches.

Lower courts have ruled in support of the clothing ban, and a Nice tribunal said that burkinis could "be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by" the local community.

In 2010, France banned the wearing of an Islamic face veil in public, and in 2004 barred Muslim headscarves and certain religious symbols in state-run schools; headscarves are generally allowed in public.

Sources: The Independent, AFP via Yahoo News / Photo credit: Vantage News via The Independent

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