Buddhist-majority island nation’s cabinet give clear to proposal to ban Burqa

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved a controversial proposal to ban all forms of face coverings in public places, citing a threat to national security.

The move came weeks after Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara signed a note in March, seeking the approval of the Cabinet to ban burqas. Cabinet spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella said the decision was taken two years after a wave of coordinated terror attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday. However, wearing face masks to combat Covid-19 is allowed. The covering of the face will include burqa and niqab.