The new decree announced in Sri Lanka ban on face coverings, including veils and burqas. Henceforth, it will be illegal for people to wear items of clothings that cover their faces.
The ban comes eight days after the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people in churches and hotels across the country.The restriction will take effect from Monday, President Sirisena’s office said in a statement today.
The law banning face veils was brought in at the orders of President Maithripala Sirisena who has been warned that more militants remain at large despite multiple arrests made.
The law prevent the wearing of the niqab, which covers all but the eyes, and the burqa, which includes a veil across the eye opening.
But the law does not prevent women wearing the chador or the hijab, which leave the face exposed but cover the hair and neck. Authorities are hunting for an estimated 140 followers of Islamic State, which has said it was involved in the bombings, and the country remains on high alert.
Thousands of suspects have been arrested but local officials and governments around the world have warned that more militants remained on the loose with explosives.
Sri Lanka’s Catholics yesterday celebrated Mass in their homes by a televised broadcast as churches across the island nation shut over fears of militant attacks.