Face veils banned in Sri Lanka from today

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Muslim women in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to wear face veils in public from today under the emergency regulations.

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps under the emergency regulation to prohibit the use of face coverings of all sorts which is an obstacle to ensure the identity of the people and a threat to national and public security, the President’s Media Division said.

The order clarifies that the key criterion for establishing the identity of a person is the need to clearly expose the face.

The President has taken this decision to establish a peaceful and cohesive society which does not inconvenience any community people as well as ensure national security.

President Sirisena has taken the measure to ban face veils a week after suicide bomb attacks by extremist Muslim terrorists on churches and hotels killed 290 people.

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