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Muslim woman fined in Italy for wearing veil

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Last week, Reuters reported that a Muslim woman in the northern town of Novara was fined for wearing a black niqab (a garment that covers the face except for the eyes) while walking with her husband to praryers.

The Italian police fined the woman, an immigrant from Tunisia, the equivalent of $650 for violating a bylaw banning the wearing of any clothing that prevents identification by police, according to the article.

Northern Italy, and Novara in particular, are strongholds of the Northern League, a political party known for its strong anti-immigration stance.

Detractors say laws banning the veil in Italy (and their enforcement) are discriminatory. But supporters say veils are demeaning to women -- and that laws helping police easily identify area residents are legitimate. What do you think?