The burqa is now officially banned in the Italian spa resort town of Montegrotto Terme. The spa says that theIslamic outfit makes it impossible to identify the women who wear it.
Its far-right mayor Luca Claudio denied the measure was xenophobic, the domestic Ansa news agency reported Friday.
Advertisement"To make it difficult or impossible to recognise or identify the person who wears it (a burqa) is unacceptable behaviour in Western democracies where the primary duty of citizens is to carry an identity document," he said.
Last month, the right-wing mayor of Varallo Sesia in the Piedmont region of northern Italy banned the "burkini" -- a full-body Islamic swimsuit -- and threatened violators with a 500 euro (735 dollar) fine.
Montegrotto Terme, with a population of 10,000, is 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Venice. Varallo Seisa is home to 7,500 people.
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