Sri Lankan president bans face covering after terrorist attacksChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 29, 2019
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face-covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people.
Asia Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban
“The ban is to ensure national security ... No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” the statement said.
It came days after local Islamic clerics urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the bombings carried out by militants affiliated to the Islamic State group.
Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 per cent of its 21 million population.
Most Sri Lankan Muslims practice a liberal form of the religion and only a small number of women wear the niqab. ■