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The Moratuwa University declined a request by two Muslim female undergraduates, to wear their face veils within the university premises, officials said today.
University Vice Chancellor Prof. Ananda Jayawardane said that two undergraduates asked for permission a few months back to wear face veils within the university premises. Subsequently, he said the matter was referred to the Resident and Disciplinary Committee, and the university’s senate.
“This is the first time we received such a request. It is only from two students. They all agreed that easy identification of students was needed to ensure safety and discipline within the university premises.  We are allowing them to wear headscarves. This is a decision agreed upon by all the academics including the Muslim members of the staff,” he said.
Prof. Jayawardane said there was no such issue at all at the university over this matter. “We are functioning as usual.  There may be an attempt to make an issue out of this,” he said.(Kelum Bandara)
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  • nicky karunarathna Monday, 02 December 2013 04:50 AM

    There should be absolutely no issue with what you wear and what you want to wear. But the people who wear these things should have brain inside their skull to think what they are doing. These dresses given to women by these medieval desert religions for two reasons: 1 in desert climate fine dust particles running amok all over you 2) These religions denigrated the women as trash and smelly stuff and covered up them head to toe. Bible says - women is cause for all evil and even bible call women as evil when she did the first sin -sex. So time past evil became Eva in the Adam and Eva business. Subsequently, course of history, from Judaism and Christianity - Muslims copied everything, what we call three Abrahamic religions. So answer for these idiots is nothing but the education. What else can we do? Jesus went on the donkey and the Muslim guy went on Camel and we are in rocket science age mate.

    hetti Monday, 02 December 2013 04:51 AM

    i don't know why do we need to put this type of news in daily mirror where as many important news are ignored.

    shaned Monday, 02 December 2013 04:57 AM

    FYI, Sri Lanka is not an extremist Muslim country. They can cover all they want in the confines of their homes....

    suf Monday, 02 December 2013 04:58 AM

    wooow, we all will be LUCKY to see your wife.

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 09:21 AM

    Yes they say females are less intelligent.

    singing fish Monday, 02 December 2013 09:21 AM

    When you are in Rome behave like Romans

    Rushdy Monday, 02 December 2013 05:05 AM

    John, dont talk nonsense, to perform religious activities SL constitution clearly states rights and limits, if you wish go and stay in Vatiakan with Pope for us we love SL and we die in SL we never ever request seperatism, we love peace and country development.

    janaka Monday, 02 December 2013 05:09 AM

    Anton the comment mention by janaka is for you.

    Neutral Monday, 02 December 2013 05:12 AM

    Apsara, don't think the Saudis are doing us a favour.

    Akram Monday, 02 December 2013 05:18 AM

    Another bodubalasena enthusiast

    S.Bernard Monday, 02 December 2013 01:52 PM

    University is not a place to show your religiousness by going against the culture of this country.

    Ibadun Monday, 02 December 2013 05:33 AM

    If any one want to protect themself and want to follow their religion , as per the constitution of sri lanka, this is allowed, and there is no rule that the request should come from large no of students , it can be one or may be none because we have think the future

    And this is a clear human right that any one can wear what they want if it doesn't violate others right

    If you want to identify students you may use your female Disciplinary Committee member

    You could concentrate on other key matters to ensure safety and discipline within the university premises, we know what happened it the past and you could use this to plan the future


    Batman Monday, 02 December 2013 05:35 AM

    They can follow their religion, as long as it doesn't become a security concern. full face cover can be misused by others if its approved within the uni environment.

    Seyed Monday, 02 December 2013 09:52 AM

    reuo, can you quote the exact verse or refernce to substantiate your point. You are just talking of nonsense with full of hatred.

    Lima Monday, 02 December 2013 05:44 AM


    ANTON Sunday, 01 December 2013 12:04 PM


    sandman Monday, 02 December 2013 05:54 AM

    From where did u come from ?

    Bimba Monday, 02 December 2013 09:56 AM

    I very much appreciate your commnt.

    John Sunday, 01 December 2013 12:13 PM

    Let them go to Saudi Arabia to study..

    patel Monday, 02 December 2013 02:29 PM

    all of you study the quran and see what it says. its not a mere book. very silly all you guys. talking nonsense.

    Im Fair Monday, 02 December 2013 02:33 PM

    I'm a Muslim, my understanding is that wearing head scarves coupled with Habaya is more than enough to a Muslim Girl. But, I don't agree with the decision to not allow those who come covered in full black because it's their human right. They are not requesting permission to come naked...

    ANTON Monday, 02 December 2013 02:36 PM


    Asim Monday, 02 December 2013 06:14 AM

    J' Pura university is as great as in any other university in the country in terms of in terms of accommodating religious and cultural diversity. So, no need to blow this issue out of proportion. Let everyone have his/her freedom of choice in a democratic country as Sri Lanka - If a bikinied European tourist can have the freedom to roam around our beaches and destroy the common cultural norms of all religions, why not the same freedom for a girl who chooses the veil out of her own volition, for her own protection, without any external pressure?

    madu Monday, 02 December 2013 06:44 AM

    if they are attending the local unis they should adhere to the rules if not stay home covering you face

    jamalji Monday, 02 December 2013 06:50 AM

    The two girls are trying to wear a dress that was not worn by thuer fore mothers in 90s. This dress is a symbol of religious fanatism. Every religion has fanatism which is nuisance to civil society.

    Shafni Monday, 02 December 2013 07:11 AM

    So your what saying ur a wanabe wh#$e???

    Fayad Monday, 02 December 2013 07:18 AM

    Your calibre is shown on your comments, no need any more explanation

    lkboy Monday, 02 December 2013 07:22 AM

    This may be a serious security issue in the future.

    ANTON Monday, 02 December 2013 04:00 PM


    Dr. Do Little Monday, 02 December 2013 07:23 AM

    Girls like you probably go with anyone..don't judge others by your standards.

    moda Helaya Monday, 02 December 2013 07:25 AM

    kata wahapang yako. umbalata wada nada bang. Aachita haal kranda yanawada mn dah

    Fayad Monday, 02 December 2013 07:25 AM

    If no issue, no need such publicity. For extremist at both ends this a big issue not for the general public.

    Dr. Do Little Monday, 02 December 2013 07:25 AM

    Religion doesn't change with times

    Sahan Monday, 02 December 2013 07:32 AM

    Muslims are the ones that kill innocent non Muslims in India Israel and USA or anywhere. You talk like an innocent little baby!
    When non Muslims attack you back on your people then you blame them as killers.
    People who have read it know how peaceful you are.

    Bebon Monday, 02 December 2013 07:33 AM

    Yes..Thanks for appreciating culture of Sri Lanka .. I take bit from you long comment.. Can a non follower of Islam will receive same fate (same so called Human rights) in ab Islamic country ?? I don't think that would be impossible at any cost..

    Bebond Sunday, 01 December 2013 03:20 PM

    The request must be denied fist hand .. Prof. Ananda Jayawardane your grand grand children will suffer one day of allowing this kind of religious discipline bring in to university... This act of "Muttiya Dala balanawa" They (two students) followers of extremist islam.. they were backed by extremist islamic groups not ordinarily Muslims.. By doing this university proved that where Sri Lanka is in regard t o respect other religions...

    Raymond Punchisingho Monday, 02 December 2013 07:34 AM

    Should any respect be shown to divisive religions that are full of hatred and superstition.

    Religions were primarily a human invention for safeguarding the interests of confined parochial groups. It gives licence to denigrate, deprecate and even murder those not belonging to ones own kind. (IRA, JIHAD, BBS, etc)

    Unfortunately it has been an evolutionary necessity. It was a primary difference between homo-sapiens and neanderthals, ensuring the survival of the former.

    kaz Monday, 02 December 2013 07:35 AM

    @nicky karunarathna
    Don't talk bulshit. Eva's sin is not obeying God. Bible never mention sex is a sin. Infect it's gift from God. God asked Eva and Adam to have sex and produce children.

    Sahan Monday, 02 December 2013 07:40 AM

    John is right
    People must learned to blend in with the majority of society. when it fails there is a tension.
    This is why there is a Religious and racial tension in EU or Asian countries like Burma and India.
    If they want something else then they can go somewhere suite their needs.
    Can you go to Saudi do what ever you want?

    Seyed Monday, 02 December 2013 07:40 AM

    Whta a brilliant idea! We need many more inteligent people like you for peace, harmony and justice to prevail in SL. Ragging in uni. is against uni. law. Would you kindly tell all those hundreds of raggers to go home as they are breaking the law. These two girls did not break any law, they just asked for permission from uni. admin. I think they do not need your advice at this stage.

    Sahan Monday, 02 December 2013 07:41 AM

    You can try asking for that respect in Mideast and see what you get.

    kimberly Monday, 02 December 2013 07:50 AM

    good scene, many uni female students can come with veil and hook up with many guys and do illicit business such as drugs/pot/KG..... wow good for you female muslim students

    Sahan Monday, 02 December 2013 07:51 AM

    Look what are they doing to India , Israel and Xinjiang of China.

    Hanifa Monday, 02 December 2013 07:53 AM

    Nicky Karunaratna so have brains?... Are you sure?

    junior Monday, 02 December 2013 07:53 AM

    Hey Prashanthani,

    You dont need, a veil to have many men.. The report says only 2 students from thousands of students, so they will look distinguished when they are around... Not like you... a ghost....... if you want many men you have to go back to university again...... without a veil.... :)

    Madu.. Monday, 02 December 2013 07:58 AM

    You. Daily mirror.. is like Budu Bala Sena. You want to create disharmony among the communities living in harmony. If not, you may not highlight this issue so prominently and create an debate out of nothing. The issue was sorted out in the university. Done. Be a ethical and responsible. Pls pls do not dance according to tune of others, as we have more detrimental problems like cost of living, jobs and even press freedom..

    Just for fun Monday, 02 December 2013 08:03 AM

    What nonsense these Muslim students are talking about? Let them go to hell or to Saudi Arabia not here. We know what those people are doing with their masks. No way for such things particularly in a university.

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 08:05 AM

    Is this your plan? send Catholics to Vatican, send Buddhist to India Christians to America?and keep this for yourself?
    you can expel us but we will return back just like Israel returned after many years and regained their homeland back from Arabs.

    Peace Lover Monday, 02 December 2013 08:08 AM

    Already started, Mr. Roshan. Finally they will have very higher qualifications and we will be their servants and maids. This is all b'cos of people like you who are narrow minded. Just let them cover their body, we don't want our Mother or Sister being looked like some bad women when they wear clothes which the body and the shape of the body can be seen.

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 08:09 AM

    Do not worry Sri Lankan brothers. God bless Sri Lanka. Sharia law will never come to Sri Lanka.

    ind Monday, 02 December 2013 08:12 AM

    On top of everything countries security comes first. No arguments, if this is relavent to country's security, then NO !!!!!

    Peace Lover Monday, 02 December 2013 08:13 AM

    Is this issue far more serious than the BBS???

    ind Monday, 02 December 2013 08:15 AM

    True, country rule comes first. They are taking lot of advantages due their relegion. Most of offices they go to church on 12:00 0r 12:30 and spend half an hour and then lunch. But nobody has denied those. But everything should have a limit.

    nalaka Monday, 02 December 2013 03:59 AM

    Let them follow their relegion as long as they dont force it on others

    mohamed asfar Monday, 02 December 2013 08:16 AM

    we must ask all university boys to cover their faces so that these two girls can study peacefully.

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 08:17 AM

    So you this as an excuse to do what ever you want?
    If you really respect democracy why do you force your women to wear what you want , who to talk who to avoid? Let them decide themselves.
    Wht do you do if somebody decides to leave Islam or a girl wears some more liberal clothes? Do you respect democracy then?

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 08:20 AM

    Probably Saudi, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait.... a lot of countries.
    How about you sandman?

    Mafaz Tuesday, 03 December 2013 04:07 AM

    You are right. I'm a part time lecturer of the past and I have encountered Muslim female students with faced veil both in a "girls only" class and a mixed class. Most of them are comfortable in taking off their veil during the sessions, while some keep it on. It isn't an issue with the religion It's their choice, to decide which is better for them to have a better grasp of the lecture.

    What people have to understand is the face veil is a personal choice of the woman, where she decides to hide her face from overwhelming luring looks of the opposite. Islam commands both men and women to lower the gaze in the presence of opposite sex (who are non-related) as much as possible, and additionally for the woman to hide her face as much as possible in the presence of non-related men. There is nothing such as forced "veiling" in Islam. It's just a term extravagantly used by the media to fire-up Islamophobia...!

    Mafaz Tuesday, 03 December 2013 04:08 AM

    Nonsense. Where did you pick up that from?

    janaka Monday, 02 December 2013 04:02 AM

    Ask you wife to wear face veil other wise other men will Fletch your wife or she will runway with your neighbor.

    nalaka Monday, 02 December 2013 08:22 AM

    modayoth ekka argu karanna one modayek witharai so I wont argu with you

    Max Monday, 02 December 2013 08:22 AM

    2050 India is a Muslim country.

    Sh Monday, 02 December 2013 08:23 AM

    Like angola did, we should also ban these kind of activities because it is a serious security threat.

    Sahan Monday, 02 December 2013 04:07 AM

    They can see our face and we can not see theirs?

    In some EU country, as I remember in France, banned wearing face veil in public places to protect rights of majority, and security reasons.
    Even a person who has a sexual oriented mental disorder like transgender, can wear a face veil and enter a place where women only privacy exists, pretending to be a real women.

    TK Perera Monday, 02 December 2013 08:25 AM

    You may face this in very near future in SL, like it happened to other countries when they declare Jihad.

    Quran 47:4

    So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds.

    Sara Monday, 02 December 2013 04:14 AM

    This is clear persecution of innocent peaceloving Muslims! This is similar to the genocide of Muslims in India, Israel, and USA. Hundreds of millions of Muslims have been slaughtered around the world. This is another clear instance of persecution of a harmless friendly Muslimah!

    Fayad Monday, 02 December 2013 08:31 AM

    Headscarf will do the job no need unnecessary issues of this nature. we need peace & prosperity with religious tolerance to our motherland

    coastel-beruwala Monday, 02 December 2013 04:22 AM

    why can't u be a buddist???

    Apsara Monday, 02 December 2013 04:27 AM

    John, can we call back all our people they work in Saudi. Mean what you comment and do not comment what u do not mean.

    Dee Monday, 02 December 2013 08:35 AM


    very good idea. excellent. ! watch the next news item or U tube. this is bound to happen.

    jacktheripper Monday, 02 December 2013 08:36 AM

    you want to wear a bikini to a university?

    Yasmin Monday, 02 December 2013 04:33 AM

    A majority potion even amongst the people of Islamic faith disagree with this unrelated and unwarranted practice.. It’s time these personal preferences and choices are distinguished with faith etc which has nothing to do with the religion.

    Nihar Monday, 02 December 2013 08:37 AM

    The headscarves & Covering of the bossom with loose clothing is a must for every muslim woman. The face veil on the other hand, according to many scholars is a matter of opinion. The person involved can evaluate the situation and then act on same. But to get rid off it altogether has not been allowed in Islam. So no matter how threatning the situation may become a true muslimah will be steadfast on same no matter what the people, society or relatives think or act. Allah knows best.

    Dr. Do Little Monday, 02 December 2013 08:43 AM

    yes from people like you and BBS

    Dr. Do Little Monday, 02 December 2013 08:44 AM

    No Sri Lanka is becoming a extremist buddhist country like burma

    Roshan Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:03 AM

    what about your own sister with full face cover and go with you to lovers lane....can you agree these type behavior?

    Dont be foolish. Allow other religious people to do their style.

    Generally opening of girls body to male attraction is Animal behavior not human behavior. Good way of lifestyle always good.

    Ihsan Ahmed Monday, 02 December 2013 08:44 AM

    You see, if you want to tarnish the religion, I suggest you pick some text off that religion's Holy Script rather than another religion's one. Because It seems that you are not talking with solid facts. Islam is not Christianity or Judaism although there are similarities but why there are differences is for you to learn and understand rather than just blindly blabber. FYI, Islam Respects women more than you can even imagine. Please go through solid materials as to how it does without just speaking, it shows the level of intelligence or negligence on your part.

    sandman Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:04 AM

    What is the culture of this Country ? Sigiriya frescoes , stocking up on Liquor before Poya days, only old ladies in Temples , liquor in funeral houses, card games in funeral houses, Casinos?????

    Thilakanathen Monday, 02 December 2013 08:45 AM

    Take a look at Jesus he looks like a Muslim....
    Mother marry she looks like a Muslim....take a look at the buddist
    They just love to drink n womenize....
    No wonder they have to cover....

    Roshan Monday, 02 December 2013 04:39 AM

    Like Muslim Montessori, Muslim International School, let them start a Muslim University.

    sandman Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:06 AM

    Your killing examples in " India, Israel and USA " are pathetic. These are the very countries that kill innocent Muslims, not the other way around !!!! You must be high on something or come from another planet...........................

    reuo Monday, 02 December 2013 08:53 AM

    accourding to Koran ,feemales have to stay home ,they can't go schools or uni
    are the insulting koran ?if they follow need to stay inside the home , if not followed ,please follow co students.

    Bavana John Monday, 02 December 2013 04:41 AM

    John, we must respect other religions.

    Prashanthani Monday, 02 December 2013 04:42 AM

    Ane Idiot !! is this Soudi?? if we have few more o idiots like you we will be following shariat law in this country..... real moda sinhalaya !!!

    anyway girls like this in uni since they can go with any guy when no one can identfy with the face mask !!! shit.. this should have h appen when we were in uni.... missed oppotunity for us to be with many guys !!

    ABC Monday, 02 December 2013 09:03 AM

    Ha ha. You seems to know everything.

    hetti Monday, 02 December 2013 04:49 AM

    Anton nothing u said here apart from make fun of other religious people. just grow up how to talk about others. insulting is not part of our religion. otherwise i could also have knowledge of making fun of others.

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