“Husbands must acknowledge that in Italy, a woman is a man’s equal, freedom is fundamental and there must be mutual respect in a family,” the mayor added.Woman fined for wearing burqa in Italy

Keep the pressure on. In the 21st century, there should be no support for the rightward march against women. Piety and spiritual devotion must not be relegated to ancient customs meant to relegate women to second class citizens who are under their husband’s control.

Italian police have fined a woman 500 euros ($A712) for wearing a full Islamic veil – the first punishment of its kind in Italy but the latest in a wave of sanctions against the burqa in Europe.

The 26-year-old Tunisian woman was walking in a street in the northwestern city of Novara on Monday when she was stopped by a patrol, local police said.

“City police ticketed her last night and she will have to pay a 500-euro ($A712) fine,” Novara municipal police official Mauro Franzinelli told AFP. “As far as I know this is a first in Italy.” […]

The burqa is barbaric.