The Eurasia Review website reports today (July 15, 2011) that a law banning the burqa -- the veil that covers a woman's face except for the eyes -- will go into effect in Belgium on July 23.
Failure to comply with the law is punishable by up to seven days of imprisonment and a fine of 137,50 euro.
According to estimates, about 270 women in Belgium wear the burqa. Belgium is the second European country -- it was preceded by France -- to ban the burqa.
The new law is intended to promote women's rights, and prevent a split between the Islamic community and the rest of Belgian society.