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Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close Madrassa

Date: 16 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka is planning to ban Madrasas and even wearing burqas to prevent spread of extremism in the island nation.
  • The IS-inspired Easter terror bombings in Sri Lanka was attributed to a local Islamist radical network and the government temporarily banned the face veil using emergency laws.
  • Some sections criticised the move then for ‘targeting’ the women of the community that had not only condemned the attacks but also provided evidence that investigators said was crucial to their probe.
  • The announcement on the burqa ban comes after a year-long controversy over the government’s policy of mandatory cremation of COVID-19 victims, based on unsubstantiated claims that the bodies would contaminate ground water.