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Colombo Government to ban the burqa and shut Islamic schools: Sri Lankan Minister says

Colombo Government to ban the burqa and shut Islamic schools: Sri Lankan Minister says

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New Delhi: The Sri Lankan Government Minister on Saturday raised his voice on Burqa and Islamic schools in Sri Lanka. The government officer said that “Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools.”
The latest statement given by the minister could affect the Muslim population in Sri Lanka.

“I had signed a paper on Friday for cabinet approval to ban the full-face covering worn by some Muslim women on ‘National Security grounds,” Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera to media.

On Burqa – Minister said that “In our early days Muslim women and girls never wore the burqa. It is a sign of religious extremism that came about recently. We are definitely going to ban it.”

The wearing of the burqa in the majority-Buddhist nation was temporarily banned in 2019 after the bombing of churches and hotels by Islamic militants that killed more than 250.

Weerasekera said “The government plans to ban more than a thousand madrassa Islamic schools that he said were flouting national education policy.

“Nobody can open a school and teach whatever you want to the children,” he added.

_Vinayak

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