Burkinis banned in German swimming pool

Trainee volunteer surf life saver Mecca Laalaa wears a burkini in Australia (Reuters)
Trainee volunteer surf life saver Mecca Laalaa wears a burkini in Australia (Reuters)

A public swimming pool in Germany has banned the wearing of a 'burkini' after complaints from other swimmers.

A woman wore a total-body swimsuit during an all-female swim day at the baths in Neutraubling last week, reportedly prompting loud complaints from other women using the pools.

The mayor of the southern town, Heinz Kiechle, a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party, responded by banning burkinis -- due to 'hygiene reasons'.

Claiming he couldn't understand why a burkini would need to be worn at a female only swim day anyway, Mr Kiechle has decreed that only "generally typical apparel" is to be worn in the pool.

"Because the pool is financed publicly for all people, it makes no sense to have special arrangements for individual religions if this adversely affects the general public," says Mr Kiechle.

The burkini ban has offended some politicians and human rights groups.

"We see this case not only as a clear violation of fundamental rights but also as a blow to humanity and tolerance," the youth wing of Germany's Green Party stated.

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