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Netherlands approves hijab ban for Muslim women

European country Netherland has approved controversial plan for imposition of ban on wearing the face-covering veil (hijab) primarily targeting Muslim women on public places including schools, hosiptals and public transport.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte while talking to reporters claimed that the ban does not apply to wearing the face veil on the street, but only “in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen” or for security reasons.

Contrary to his previous word, PM Rutte made the details vague by saying that the government had “tried to find a balance between people’s freedom to wear the clothes they want and the importance of mutual and recognisable communication”.

However, he claimed that imposition of ban on hijab is not discriminating any religion and it would be implemented after approval of the parliament.

It was agreed that a new bill would be drawn up by the coalition partners of Rutte’s Liberal VVD party and the Labour PvdA when they formed their coalition in 2012.