Uva Province Governor Maithree Gunaratne said today he had instructed the law enforcement authorities to implement the ban on the face veil (niqab and burqa) even in the wake of the state of emergency is lifted.
He told Daily Mirror that those wearing the niqab or the burqa would be a cause for concern to the security of the province.
"The Muslims have lived among us for more than 600 years and intermingled with our culture. The niqab and burqa concept has affected the traditional Muslims in recent times," he said.
"People continuing to wear the niqab and burqa means we still have extremists who have connections with the ISIS. Even after the recent Easter Sunday attack, we considered our Muslim community as not extremists," the Governor claimed.
"After the Easter Sunday attacks, we cannot admit the situation is under control. We still cannot take any chances," he said. " I am not a racist or extremist but I'm totally against with all nationals having any racism and extremism." (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Dayawathie Wednesday, 25 September 2019 07:48 AM
What is there to hide. These women are not beautiful like the middle eastern women anyway.
mnsmart Wednesday, 25 September 2019 08:34 AM
So there is a different rule in Uva?
dulan de silva Wednesday, 25 September 2019 09:39 AM
He is breaking the law and lawlessness is becoming common
Roshanaly Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:06 AM
One country but separate law for each province.
mims Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:24 AM
Mr Maithree Gunaratne, this statement reveals, your not capable to hold a Governor position. We want a leader, who is a really a intellectual. When LTTE terrorist bombed Sri Lanka why don't you ban those bomber wearing dress.
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