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Ban the burqa

The controversial Sinhala Buddhist organization, Bodu Bala Sena, is to lobby for a ban on the burqa, the all encompassing Islamic female dress, in Sri Lanka.

Ceylontoday, 2013-02-17 06:10:00

Ban the burqa

The controversial Sinhala Buddhist organization, Bodu Bala Sena, is to lobby for a ban on the burqa, the all encompassing Islamic female dress, in Sri Lanka.

Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thera, the leader of Bodu Bala Sena said his association would be taking up the matter with the government soon.

"Malaysia banned the burqa when Prime Minister Mahathir (Mohammed) was in power. Those

are fundamentalist traditions in the Middle East, which have recently been implanted in this country," he said.

"This is a Sinhala Buddhist country and no one needs to cover their faces in this country, the monk argued.

He said the burqa, the controversial attire that has been prescribed by the austere brand of salafi Islam, is problematic in two fronts.

It dehumanizes women and it poses a greater deal of security risk for other citizens, he argued. Referring to the recent incident where a burqa-clad army captain tried to rob a bank in Kandy, he said, it highlighted the danger.

France is the first Western democracy to ban the burqa in public places in April 2011. (RJ)

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