Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 29, 2021 / 16:19 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in public of full-face coverings, such as burqas.
According to UCA News, Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella said it is in response to security concerns.
"Cabinet approval has been given to draft a complete ban on full-face coverings in public places in the country," Rambukwella said April 27.
"Many countries in particular have taken such measures for national security. There have been various discussions in this regard in the past. At a time when national security is important, it has been decided to focus on this issue.”
Before the proposal becomes law, it must be sent to the Department of the Attorney General and then approved by parliament.