Sri Lanka to ban burqas, shut over 1,000 madrassas to fight ‘non secular extremism’

Sri Lanka to ban burqas, shut over 1,000 madrassas to fight ‘non secular extremism’

Minister of Public Safety Sarath Weerasekara mentioned he has signed a doc in search of the approval of the Cupboard of Ministers to ban burqas

Sri Lanka to ban burqas, close over 1,000 madrassas to combat 'religious extremism'

A Sri Lankan Muslim lady sporting a burqa walks on a busy avenue in Colombo, Sri Lanka. AP

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Saturday introduced plans to ban the sporting of burqas and mentioned it might shut greater than 1,000 Islamic colleges often called madrassas, citing nationwide safety.

Minister of Public Safety Sarath Weerasekara mentioned he signed a paper on Friday in search of the approval of the Cupboard of Ministers to ban burqas — outer clothes that cowl the physique and face worn by some Muslim girls.

“The burqa has a direct impression on nationwide safety,” Weerasekara advised a ceremony at a Buddhist temple on Saturday, with out elaborating.

“In our early days, we had a number of Muslim buddies, however Muslim girls and women by no means wore the burqa,” Weerasekara mentioned, in line with video footage despatched by his ministry. “It’s a signal of non secular extremism that took place just lately. We will certainly ban it.”

The sporting of burqas was quickly banned in 2019 after the Easter Sunday bomb assaults on church buildings and lodges in Sri Lanka that killed greater than 260 individuals. Two native Muslim teams that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group have been blamed for the assaults at six places — two Roman Catholic church buildings, one Protestant church and three high lodges.

Weerasekara additionally mentioned the federal government will ban greater than 1,000 madrassas, saying they aren’t registered with the authorities and don’t observe the nationwide training coverage.

The choice to ban burqas and madrassas is the most recent transfer affecting the Indian Ocean island nation’s minority Muslims.

Muslims make up about 9 p.c of the 22 million individuals in Sri Lanka, the place Buddhists account for greater than 70 p.c of the inhabitants. Ethnic minority Tamils, who’re primarily Hindus, comprise about 15 p.c of the inhabitants.

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