Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera said he has signed the cabinet paper to ban wearing the burqa.
Addressing a function in Kalutara, the Minister said, it would directly affect the national security of the country.
He said steps would also be taken to ban more than 1,000 madrasa schools that are not registered in line with the national education policy.
"We know we had a lot of Muslim friends during our childhood. Muslim girls did not wear burqa (the veils that cover the faces of Islamic women) at that time. It is a symbol of religious extremism that came recently. It will definitely be prohibited along with the madrasas.
There are more than 2000 madrasas functioning in the country. None of us can open a school and teach the children whatever they want. All children between the ages of 5 and 16 should be educated according to a national education policy introduced in this country," he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
Jayaratne Saturday, 13 March 2021 01:30 PM
Long delayed essential move.
Shehan Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:27 PM
Yes jayaratne We need this immediately as the elections are close How about banning face masks also
Senaka Saturday, 13 March 2021 01:31 PM
We are in so much debt because of burqa.
Ganga Saturday, 13 March 2021 03:08 PM
Now no difference between burqa and face mask.all are closing their faces.
brainmaster Saturday, 13 March 2021 03:08 PM
Good so. Even in many european countries burkhas are banned in public. Switzerland just did it a week ago.
Mubarack M Haniffa Saturday, 13 March 2021 03:09 PM
It is a symbol of religious extremism so banned them. our childhood. Muslim girls did not wear the burqa (the veils only)
Hassanda Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:28 PM
This Govt and Ruling Politicians Only Targeting Muslims the day they Came to power - Racist Govt even the UN Is well aware of SL behaviour towards Muslims
Srilankan Economist Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:39 PM
Burqa is banned and as a result, our economy is going to bloom and LKR will be very strong.
Oliver Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:52 PM
Very much awaited news. No one should allow to hide their identity.
Ranjit Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:59 PM
Sign a paper to prevent disappearance, to bring murderers both civilians and politicians to judicial court and prevent discrimination.
Mohamed Ali Saturday, 13 March 2021 05:28 PM
Congratulations, the first step towards communal harmony. Sri Lankans don't have to look like a Saudi or Afghanistani.
Subrat Saturday, 13 March 2021 05:58 PM
Senaka Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:10 PM
When people vote for idiots, this is what they do. Banning Burqa or any other religious attire the need of the hour? People are starving, ordinary citizens cannot afford to live, but it’s drama time, the patriot has arrived. Oh my word!
A TWIST Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:15 PM
"burqa (the veils that COVER THE FACES of Islamic women) at that time." - - well! well ! well ! ! ! - the quirk of fate has made all us to wear HALF a BURKA. ( A face veil covering our faces from our chin right up to just below our eyes ) or as we respectably call it "a mask" - At least -as you call it "the Islamic women" (your new definition) had this preventive measure from virus before the corona plus the preventive measure from your wild gazes as well !. - wonder when the quirk of fate will make all to cover their eyes ! !
Ceylon Muslim Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:16 PM
Not only Burqah, must Ban the Jubba/Thobs also. These Men
Traditional Muslim Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:36 PM
Very good move though belated.
Ravi Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:44 PM
Ravi Saturday, 13 March 2021 06:46 PM
Finally. Good Job..
Govind Raj Saturday, 13 March 2021 09:26 PM
So so so. Is face mask allowed for women but its not black color. Or black mask is not allowed. Differenciate what color is allowed and what is not.
FF Saturday, 13 March 2021 09:38 PM
BURQA BANNED, BUT FACE MASK MANDATORY. VERY FUNNY
Mandayan Saturday, 13 March 2021 10:11 PM
This is what Hisbulla brought from Saudi to our poor local sarong wearing Muslims for the money they gave him!
Ramesh Saturday, 13 March 2021 10:26 PM
What next? Halal meat? I think these kind of actions against the believes of a community will compel them to revolt. The time will tell.
Ganesh Saturday, 13 March 2021 10:37 PM
Even in the Middle East most women don’t dress like Goni billas or post boxes
Ben Saturday, 13 March 2021 11:07 PM
Those two missing female suicide bombers, now can identify
Razuk Saturday, 13 March 2021 11:43 PM
Appreciate His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa for his genuine commitment on Mother Lanka.
Colin Sunday, 14 March 2021 07:10 AM
What about the effect of such a ban on the tourist sector which used to bring in hordes of Arabs in the past . As most of the Arab ladies from the Middle East don the burqa there will be a no show as their husbands will avoid Sri Lanka. I used to witness hundreds of high spending Arab tourists in the hill country and many benefitted especially the hotels,tourist drivers, shops etc. Won't this section of affluent tourists be cut off and thus we be deprived of urgently needed foreign exchange? We wonder what the Ministry of Tourism has to say?
Nomads Sunday, 14 March 2021 07:17 AM
Certain moves are welcome. But this govt is fooling the 6.9million by going against the minorities to meet their vicious filthy objectives. But least bothered of turning into a Chinese colony. Cheers ! One country one law.
Jayaratne Sunday, 14 March 2021 07:48 AM
Face mask_ science, burqua_ ignorance
Sammy Sunday, 14 March 2021 12:53 PM
Only Burqa which covers the full face is banned. Not hijab.
kumar Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:05 PM
Wearing burqa is not Islamic. It is purely extremism. Many muslims have pointed out that.
Jeeves Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:14 PM
Very good decision Should have been done years ago! Women who did not want to wear the burqa, but felt compelled to do so, must also be feeling relieved.
Banda Sunday, 14 March 2021 02:54 PM
Best decision made by this lot it's a barberic dress and Madarasa is the breading place for jiadi terrorists. Let the kids go to mainstream schools. Even in UK the Madarasa are iffy
Ting Tong Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:22 PM
What about the face covered helmets? All bank robbers wore them!
Wear the Bikini, not the Burqa Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:49 PM
Ban the burqa because with the fabric used to make one burqa you can make 100 bikinis. Wear the bikini!
Mokku Sunday, 14 March 2021 06:36 PM
Justice Minister is a disgrace to Islam. He should leave the religion
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