A Muslim woman in Italy was fined 500 euros this week for wearing a burka in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Telegraph (British) website reports today (May 8, 2010).
The Tunisian immigrant, Amel Marmouri, 26, was fined by police in the city of Novara, in the Northern Piedmont region of Italy.
Mrs. Marmouri was in a post office when police officers stopped her and issued her with the fine.
Her husband, Ben Salah Braim, 36, said the family would struggle to pay the penalty. He added his wife would continue to wear the full-length item of clothing, because he did not want her to be seen by other men, but in the future she would be forced to stay at home most of the time.