Sri Lanka bans veils for women under emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts; Sirisena says move to 'ensure' national security

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face-covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people.

Agence France-Presse April 29, 2019 13:19:56 IST
Sri Lanka bans veils for women under emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts; Sirisena says move to 'ensure' national security
  • Maithripala Sirisena announced a ban on face-covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people

  • 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

Colombo: Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face-covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people.

Sri Lanka bans veils for women under emergency protocol one week after Easter Sunday blasts Sirisena says move to ensure national security

A security officer stands guard outside St Anthony's Shrine. AP

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 the Islamic State group. Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 percent 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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