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Banning Burqas and Madrasas illegal: Fmr MP

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Former MP M.M .Zuhair said yesterday it would be unlawful to ban Burqas and Madrasas.

Issuing a statement, he said some observations and recommendations of the Commission on Easter Sunday attacks are invasive of the absolute protection given to every person under Article 10 of the Sri Lanka Constitution.

He said the Commission’s report though good in parts, can be seen as an attempted assault on Islam for the heinous crimes of a dozen suicide bombers.

The right to the freedom stated in Article 10 is ‘assured to all religions’ under Article 9. No one, not even Presidential Commissions can invite or promote the State or any limb of the Executive or Judiciary to violate the freedom guaranteed under Article 10.This protection is guaranteed notwithstanding any national security concerns, as the law stands today.

In this constitutionally protected background, the statement made on Saturday by a government Minister that he has signed and gazetted his order banning the right of women to wear Burqa styled dress and that Madrasas will also be banned soon, stands condemned as a violation of Article 10 read with Article 9 of the Constitution.

In addition to the violation of the Constitution, the first of the two constitutes an unlawful attack on the honour and reputation of women as declared in Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an international treaty to which Sri Lanka is a party.

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  • Jude Monday, 15 March 2021 09:48 AM

    My dear PUBLIC safety minister, do something to THESE extremists sympathizers BEFORE it get OUT of hand!!???

    Prof. R.K. Attigala Monday, 15 March 2021 09:48 AM

    Who said wrong to ban Burqas Madrasas, it is right believe me all the wrong Terror Teachings took place in Madrasas. Wearing Buruqas, covering the face Muslim Lady Terrorists committed lot of crimes.

    Lankan Monday, 15 March 2021 09:50 AM

    Ban both, its good for our nation. We SriLankans welcome that move.

    Lala Monday, 15 March 2021 10:40 AM

    Our Muslim ulamas why cannot take non Muslim to the madrasas and show them what is happening with out practically non of them want except any thing. Show inside the what are equipments have also arabic books translation and also questions from student these the way teach them. Otherwise talking talking nothing will happen. Also burqa means what dress this is Arabic word like house coat. No different with burqa and Jubbah if after wearing Jubbah cover the face becomes burqa. Explain to non Muslims. Thks

    Richard Vonhagt Monday, 15 March 2021 10:44 AM

    This is a good move; the niqab ought to be banned as well. There are currently 6 muslim nations that have banned the burqa - Cameroon, Chad, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Uzbekistan.

    mahinda Monday, 15 March 2021 12:31 PM

    good move to eliminate religious extremists

    E Fernando Monday, 15 March 2021 01:17 PM

    Burqa's are not part of the religion. Women are only asked to dress modestly and cover their heads, this dressing like a gonibilla is part of the Saudi culture. Our Muslims are not Saudis.

    Sashi Monday, 15 March 2021 01:20 PM

    Anyone who thinks that burqa, madrasahs, palm trees and Sharia universities are part of Sri Lanka are confusing us with other countries! We reject these changes 100%

    ChanakaJ Monday, 15 March 2021 01:25 PM

    Might be a dozen suicide bombers, but 1-2 hundred known to have links and support! Might be tip of the iceberg! This needs to be STOPPED! No place for burqa, madrasahs or Wahhabism here!

    Dilshan Monday, 15 March 2021 01:28 PM

    Like Azath Salley, Mr Zuhair is forgetting Sri Lanka is not an Islamic state!

    Jeeves Monday, 15 March 2021 01:34 PM

    Good decision. Madrasahs have become breeding ground for teaching extremism, and poisoning young minds; threat to our national security! Burqa is not traditional dress of Sri Lankan Muslims.

    Murshid Idroos Monday, 15 March 2021 01:36 PM

    Yes all these dirty miscreants want to terminate islam under the guise of burqa ban Is;am has prevailed in this country and its going to prevail now as well however determined all the evil forces may try

    ranjit Monday, 15 March 2021 02:25 PM

    then ban face mask

    Mubarack M Haniffa Monday, 15 March 2021 02:59 PM

    Banned Burqa Please


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