Sri Lanka says burqa ban is for national security

TheSri Lankan government insisted Tuesday that preventing Muslim women from wearing a burqa or niqab was a national security move, as it faced protests over the decision. Sri Lankan Muslims decried the measure as a new act of discrimination against their community, which accounts for 10 percent of the 21 million, Buddhist-majority population. Colombo’s nationalist government has taken a tough security line since suicide bomb attacks in April 2019 that killed 279 people. The ban on the burqa, a traditional Islamic head-to-toe garment, and the niqab veil, was announced last Saturday with Public …

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