Burqa ban comes into effect after Sri Lanka bombing

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A ban on women wearing burqas came into force in Sri Lanka on Monday, a week after eight suicide bombers claiming links to Islamic State blew themselves up, killing more than 250 people in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.

Maithripala Sirisena, the president, issued the ban citing security reasons under the emergency law that he set in motion in the wake of the attacks.

Although the face veil ban will be automatically lifted with the emergency law, a presidential spokesman told The Daily Telegraph that the government is looking at imposing a more permanent ban on the Muslim face veil. 

“The government is studying the legislations of countries such as France and Belgium that have banned the face veil, and are looking at bringing in a regular legislation banning it,” Sugeeswara Senadhira the media secretary to the president told The Telegraph.

In 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face veil in public places.

Under the ban, no woman is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine.



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