Colombo, Apr 29: Sri Lanka government has imposed ban on covering of the face with veils, in a manner that prevents identification of a person. The rule announced by the President’s Media Division yesterday will come into force in the island nation today.
The development comes a week after blood thirsty terrorists carried out deadly blasts that killed more than 250 people and injured over 500 people in the country.
President Maithripala Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public.
"The ban is to ensure national security... No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult," the statement said.
It could be recalled here that recently local Islamic clerics had urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the bombings carried out by terrorists affiliated to ISIS.
Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 percent of its 21 million population.
According to Islam, women should cover their entire body except face and hands. Though covering face is not part of hijab, some women among Muslims cover their faces by wearing niqab.
Sri Lanka bans covering the face with veils after terror attacks