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Oct 11, 2017 02:19 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Shark-costumed man fined Rs 11,500 under anti-burqa law

Austrian government recently passed a law which bans any form of facial covering in public.

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(Representational Image)

A man wearing a shark costume was fined Rs 11,565 under Austria’s new anti-burqa law.

The man was wearing the costume as part of a publicity drive for a new electronics shop in Vienna. The PR agency which employed him agreed to pay the fine for him. “I had no idea the law was so extreme it covered mascots,” Eugen Prosquill, the managing director of the PR agency, said.

Austrian government recently passed a law which bans any form of facial covering in public. However, overzealous interpretation of the law has started creating problems for the unaware public.

According to The Telegraph, there have been others also who have had their run-ins with the police. Since October 1, the date on which the law came into effect, there have been reports that a cyclist who was covering her face with a scarf to protect against the cold wind was stopped and asked to uncover her face. “It’s not cold, take it off,” a police officer told her.

Similarly, street musicians performing in animal masks were also troubled by the police.

However, face masks that are considered part of Austrian traditional culture have been kept exempt from the law. The authorities also clarified that masks worn during Halloween won’t attract fines.

(EUR 1= Rs 77.10)
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