Denmark recently joined several other European countries in banning the burqa – or any other facial covering – from being worn in public. After the law came into effect, some citizens took to the streets in Copenhagen, the country’s capital, to protest against the ban.

During the protest, Ayah, a 37-year-old in a burqa, was approached by a policewoman. But instead of arresting her, the policewoman talked to her and then gave her a tight hug. Ayah told Politiken, “To be honest, I can’t remember the exact sequence of events. But I recall that I was talking to her.”

Praise was showered on the policewoman online.