For Mouna, lifting the veil that covers most of her face is akin to taking off some of her clothes in public. She has been wearing it, by her own choice, for the past 20 years and she says it has become part of her.

"It is a little like feeling naked in public," she told Fairfax Media about having to show her face in public for identification.

"When you wear it [niqab] for a long time it becomes a part of you."

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