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Sri Lanka bans face covers, veils

April 30, 2019

Sri Lanka is currently under a national emergency after the country was rocked by serial suicide bombings on 21 April.

The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena has issued an order banning any form of face covering in public for national security. The order has been given in view of the sensitive security situation of the country.

Covering face makes identification difficult and people will not be allowed to cover their faces or wear veils till the order is in place. The ban on face covering has come into effect from yesterday.

The security agencies are carrying out massive search operations across the island nation looking for suspects involved in the terror attack while the threat of similar attacks still looms.

106 suspects, including a teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts.

The government has also banned the National Thowheeth Jamaath- NTJ, a local Islamist extremist group.

9 suicide bombers had targeted churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people. ISIS has taken the responsibility for the attacks.

Social media had mixed reactions to the veil ban.

Anil Bahl ‏ @_anilbahl tweeted,There should b a blanket ban worldwide on al types of face covers in public places. No face cover is essential either by religion or custom or tradition. Its being hurled upon by a religion to impress identity over others. It also suffocates the wearer. "

indianfilmwala‏ @indianfilmwala wrote,They said Face cover can be used by terrorist to cover their identity, Yeah Maybe. But there is data to validate the point, But the orange robe used by monks recently used for Islamophobic terror and many crimes, So when they going to ban them. #SriLankaAttack #srilanka

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