A woman's eyes through a niqab (face-veil)
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Calls for debate on face-veils in public

16 September 2013 Last updated at 23:23 BST

Home Office minister Jeremy Browne has called for a "national conversation" on whether Muslim girls should be banned from wearing face-veils in public places.

Mr Browne said government had to strike a balance between protecting the freedoms of religious minorities while maintaining "an inclusive and cohesive society".

A judge in London has ruled that a Muslim woman must remove her veil if she were to give evidence in her trial.

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.