World Neighbours 29 Apr 2019 Sri Lanka bars Musli ...

Sri Lanka bars Muslim women from wearing veils in public after Easter bombings

AFP
Published Apr 29, 2019, 9:55 am IST
Updated Apr 29, 2019, 1:23 pm IST
'The ban is to ensure national security... No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,' the statement said.
Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside a closed church in Colombo on April 28, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(Photo: AFP)
 Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside a closed church in Colombo on April 28, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(Photo: AFP)

Colombo: Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday, his office said in a statement.

"The ban is to ensure national security... No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult," the statement said.

 

It came days after local Islamic clerics urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the bombings carried out by jihadists affiliated to ISIS.

Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 per cent of its 21 million population.

Most Sri Lankan Muslims practise a liberal form of the religion and only a small number of women wear the niqab.

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Location: Sri Lanka, Central




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