Sri Lanka bans face veils in the wake of Easter attacks
Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka which is now in the emergency state has made an announcement that Muslim women in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to wear any form of face veils in public from Monday under new regulations in the wake of series of bomb blasts in the country that killed almost 300 people. He also added that he was using an emergency law to impose the restriction which comes into effect right away and an official statement is released by the government too.
"The ban is to ensure national security. No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult," the President's office said in a statement. The order clarifies that the key criterion for establishing the identity of a person is the need to clearly expose the face. This disables Muslim women to wear burqas in public places who account to about ten per cent in the entire Sri Lanka population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus.
Sunday church services were cancelled across the country as a precaution, but worshippers in the capital gathered to pray outside St Anthony's Shrine, which was badly damaged in the attacks. Blaming the local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) for the attacks, Sri Lanka government has banned NTJ from the country and so far 106 suspects related to the incident are being detained by the cops. The police have arrested a Nigerian and 24 other suspects who have links with the terrorist organisations.