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Proposal made to Cabinet to impose burqa ban: Justice Minister

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Justice Minister Ali Sabry said a proposal has been made to the Cabinet to impose laws to ban wearing of the burqa in public places considering the security of the country.

He told a news conference that a Cabinet Paper has also been submitted to amend Muslim laws by November.

“We have submitted a cabinet paper to amend Muslim laws by November. We have proposed to amend matters widely discussed in society such as minimum marriageable age as 18, allowing Muslim woman to sign when getting married and to ensure equal rights to women as men,” he said and added that “in addition, we have proposed that burqa should not be worn in public places. This is not targeting a specific community, but considering the security of the country," he said.

The Minister said the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance will not be abolished or amended under his tenure as the Justice Minister.

“I must say, as long as I am the Justice Minister, I will never abolish or even touch the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance. I haven’t even dreamt of doing so,” he said.

 

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  • Colin Thursday, 25 February 2021 08:35 PM

    Today all men,women and children are wearing "burqas" by covering their faces so then isn't that a security threat?

    Saman Thursday, 25 February 2021 08:36 PM

    If really poroposed such, salute you Mr.Sabri. This burqa issue is a technical religious matter only. Even moderate Muslins are victimized today from hard cores...

    Gayan Friday, 26 February 2021 10:34 AM

    This is a great decision. Ban construction of new mosque also. Not necessary for any new mosque in Sri Lanka.

    Mohamed Ifaz Inamdeen Friday, 26 February 2021 07:25 PM

    Don't distract the attention. Prayer is a matter that is close to heart and thus more mosques are of absolute necessary when more and more people embrace Islam.


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