Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena claims that he was using emergency powers to ban any type of face covering in public. The restriction will be effective from today, in a statement reports the PM’s Office.

The statement further reads, “The ban is to ensure national security… No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult.”

The ban was issued days after the local Islamic clerics has urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of reprisal after the suicide bombing carried out by jihadists affiliated to ISIS on Easter Sunday.

Muslims in Sri Lanka, which is the majority Buddhist country has accounted for around 10 percent of its 21 million population.

Muslims in Sri Lanka mostly practises a liberal form of religion and only a few number of Muslim women wear the niqab.

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