By Foreign News Desk
Colombo: Sri Lanka is all set to ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a move which has sent shocking across Muslim community living across the country.
Latest actions will badly affect the country’s minority Muslim population.
Minister for Public Security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference that he had signed a paper on Friday for cabinet approval to ban the full face covering worn by some Muslim women on “national security” grounds.
“In our early days, Muslim women and girls never wore the burqa,” he said. “It is a sign of religious extremism that came about recently. We are definitely going to ban it,” Reuters quoted him as saying at conference.
The wearing of the burqa in the majority-Buddhist nation was temporarily banned in 2019 after the bombing of churches and hotels by Islamist militants that killed more than 250.
Later that year, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, best known for crushing a decades-long insurgency in the north of the country as the defence secretary, was elected president after promising a crackdown on extremism.
Rajapaksa is accused of widespread rights abuses during the war, charges he denies.
Weerasekera said the government plans to ban more than a thousand madressahs (Islamic schools) that he said were flouting national education policy.
“Nobody can open a school and teach whatever you want to the children,” he said.