Colombo, March 16 (newsin.asia): Recent media reports have highlighted statements made in regard to a proposal to ban the wearing of the Burqa and Niqab in Sri Lanka.
Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has said that a decision has not been taken by the Government to impose such a ban on the Burqa or Niqab and that it is merely a proposal, which is under discussion.
This proposal is based on the precautionary measures that are needed on national security grounds, following the investigations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks.
The Government will initiate a broader dialogue with all parties concerned and sufficient time will be taken for necessary consultations and for the arrival of a consensus.
The Niqab is a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear. … The Burka is the most concealing of all Islamic veils. It is a one-piece veil that covers the face and body, often leaving just a mesh screen to see through.