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Hijab controversy: List of countries where Hijab is banned

02:37 PM Feb 12, 2022 IST | Muskaan Fayaz Sahaf
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Ground Report | New Delhi: Countries where Hijab is banned; The world is divided over the ban on the hijab or headscarf worn by Muslim women. The issue snowballed into a massive controversy in Karnataka followed by protests and vandalism. The row began last month when six female students from Government Girls PU College in Udupi alleged they were barred from attending classes for wearing the hijab.

But this problem has been gaining ground all over the world for a long time now. Here are some of the countries where wearing the veil is considered a crime. Bans on garments that significantly cover the face also include masks and some helmets. But, above all, they refer to the use of garments of religious significance, such as the Hijab or the niqab. Hence, the ban on face coverings is often generalized as a ‘burqa ban’.


The burqa is an integral, full-length veil that generally hides the eyes behind a kind of mesh. The niqab, on the other hand, is a facial veil that does not cover the eyes.

Countries where hijab is banned

  • France
  • France was the first European country to ban the public wearing of the Hijab. The ban has been in force since April 2011.   
  • Belgium
  • Since July 2011, Belgium has also banned face coverings in public. Anyone who does not comply with the ban can face a fine or sentences of up to seven days in jail. As in France, the ban affects a relatively small number of people in Belgium.
  • Netherlands
  • In the Netherlands, the Parliament banned face coverings in 2016. Since then, face or full-face veils are not, however, prohibited in the entire national public space, but only in state buildings, on public transport and in schools and hospitals.  



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