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Sri Lanka to Ban Burqa & Islamic Schools

Sri Lanka will prohibit the wearing of the burqa and shut-in excess of 1,000 Islamic schools, an administration serve said on Saturday, the most recent activities influencing the country’s minority Muslim populace. Minister for Public Security Sarath Weerasekera told a news meeting he had marked a paper on Friday for bureau endorsement to boycott the full-face covering worn by some Muslim ladies on “public safety” grounds.

“The burqa has a direct impact on national security,” Weerasekara told a ceremony at a Buddhist temple on Saturday. “In our early days, we had a lot of Muslim friends, but Muslim women and girls never wore the burqa,” Weerasekara said, according to video footage sent by his ministry. “It is a sign of religious extremism that came about recently. We will definitely ban it.”

The wearing of burqas was briefly prohibited in 2019 after the Easter Sunday bomb assaults on chapels and accommodations in Sri Lanka that killed more than 260 individuals. Two nearby Muslim gatherings that had promised devotion to the Islamic State bunch have been censured for the assaults at six areas – two Roman Catholic chapels, one Protestant church, and three top lodgings.

The wearing of the burqa in the dominant part of the Buddhist country was briefly restricted in 2019 after the besieging of temples and residences by Islamic aggressors that slaughtered more than 250. Soon thereafter, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, most popular for pounding a decades-in-length rebellion in the north of the country as protection secretary, was chosen President in the wake of promising a crackdown on radicalism. 

Rajapaksa is blamed for far and wide rights maltreatments during the conflict charges he denies. Weerasekera said the public authority intends to boycott over 1,000 madrassa Islamic schools that he said were spurning public training strategy.

The public authority’s proceeds onward burqas and schools follow a request a year ago ordering the incineration of COVID-19 casualties – against the desires of Muslims, who cover their dead. This boycott was lifted recently after analysis from the United States and worldwide rights gatherings.

The choice to boycott burqas and madrassas is the most recent move influencing the Indian Ocean island country’s minority Muslims. Muslims make up about 9% of the 22 million individuals in Sri Lanka, where Buddhists represent over 70% of the populace. Ethnic minority Tamils, who are for the most part Hindus, involve about 15% of the populace.