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Sri Lankan Govt. bans women from covering faces in public places




The women from Muslim Community accepts,follows the new rule from the government to contribute their part in Nation’s security and safety overlapping their religious beliefs !

The Sri Lankan government has announced actions banning women from covering their faces in public places.

The step was enforced by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday(April 29), following several deadly bomb blasts in the country last week.

It would mean religious wear like the niqab (full face veil) may not be worn, that will apply to all female citizens and visitors.

Several Sri Lankans, inclusive of those from the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities, accepted the government’s decision after 268 people, including 40 foreign tourists, were killed off in attacks on churches and hotels in Colombo last week.

Muslim women from all parts of society were in agreement with the new rule, stating that in situations of national disaster, women should contribute towards maintaining law and order.

The directive states all forms of face covers, that may prohibit people from being clearly identified, are a risk to national security as well as public safety. Sirisena tweeted on Monday that the security and safety measures were put in place to maintain order and stability.

Western Province Gov. Azath Salley asserted that under the rule, even motorbike riders could be banned from wearing fully covered helmets on the driveways. “It is a rule to enable the law enforcement officers to identify people easily at a glance.”

All-Ceylon Jamiyaathul Ulema President Shaikh Rizwie Mufthi stated the government has little or no alternative but to bring in the law to eradicate extremism and terrorism from the country, while the Sri Lankan Muslim Council president, N.M.Amin, asserted that as a community Muslims required to accept the president’s decision for the sake of nationwide unity and security.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera, meanwhile, said the government had increased its search procedures across the island, and had recognized the wife and brother of Zahran Hashmi, the presumed mastermind of the attacks. The attacks also have instigated numerous senior changes in Sri Lanka’s judiciary along with high-level defense roles.

The former head of the army, Gen.S.H.S Kottegoda (Rtd) was made secretary of defense in place of Hemasiri Fernando, who made his resignation on Friday.

The former Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakoon is now appointed as an adviser to the Ministry of Defense, while Senior Deputy Inspector C.D Wickramaratne is made acting IGP after incumbent IGP Pujith Jayasundara was placed on mandatory leave over the attacks.

Meanwhile, Attorney General (AG) Jayantha Jayasuriya was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new chief justice on Monday morning(April 29), while Solicitor General Dappula de Livera was made acting AG.


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