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Sri Lanka government considering burqa ban after terror attacks

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WION Colombo, Sri Lanka Apr 24, 2019, 09.54 AM (IST) Sidhant Sibal

In the aftermath of the worst terror attack in Sri Lanka which targetted churches and hotels, the government is considering burqa ban.

A Sri Lankan government source told local newspaper Daily mirror that the authorities are considering burqa ban in consultations with Muslim community leaders.

The issue has been discussed with President Maithripala Sirisena.

The newspaper quoting Sri Lankan defence source said, several female accomplices involved in Dematagoda had escaped wearing burqas. 

Several firearms were discovered in Dematagoda, a suburb of Colombo in the aftermath of Sunday's terror attack.

Meanwhile, a Member of Parliament of ruling United National Party (UNP), Ashu Marasinghe introduced a private member's motion in the Sri Lankan parliament calling for ban on burqa.

Ashu Marasinghe was quoted by local media as saying, "I propose that a ban be imposed on wearing of the burqa based on the national security requirement of the country."

While saying that Burqa was not a traditional Muslim costume recommended by Islam, Marasinghe said," Our move has the blessings of Islamic scholars.''

UNP MP Mujibur Rahman has said he would support the proposed ban.

He said, "My wife doesn't wear burqa and I don't plan to make my children wear it either. In the coming days, Muslim religious groups will make a statement on this.''

At least 359 people died in the serial blasts on Sunday. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

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UNP MP Ashu Marasinghe was quoted by local media as saying, 'I propose that a ban be imposed on wearing of the burqa based on the national security requirement of the country.'