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Easter Sunday terror attack: Sri Lankan parliamentary committee proposes burqa ban 

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 21 Feb 2020, 09:19 pm Print

Easter Sunday terror attack: Sri Lankan parliamentary committee proposes burqa ban 


Colombo/IBNS: In the wake of the terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday last year, a Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security in the country has proposed to immediately ban attire such as the burqa and suspend the registration of political parties on an ethnic and religious basis, media reports said.

The proposals presented in the Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday aims to resolve 14 controversial issues in the society following the Easter Attack.

The report was tabled in the Parliament by Committee Chairman MP Malith Jayatilaka.

The report states that a number of countries have already banned the burqa and the ISIS headquarters in Syria also banned the burqa on September 5, 2019, reported Daily Mirror newspaper.

The report has suggested that the police should have the power request any person wearing a face covering in a public place to take off such face covering in order to establish the identity of such person and If such a request by police officer is not complied with, police should have the power to arrest the individual without a warrant, the newspaper reported.

The report has recommended to the Election Commission to enact legislation to suspend registration of political parties on ethnic and religious basis, reports Daily Mirror.

The report states that all students studying in madrassa institutions should be absorbed into the normal school system under the Ministry of Education within three years. It has been proposed that madrassa schools should be operated only for the education of Islamic Moulavis after GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level students. The report also proposes to establish a special committee to regulate the Madrasa institutions under the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, the Sri Lankan newspaper reported.

Eight blasts by Islamist groups rocked the Island nation on Easter Sunday last year left over 250 people dead.

Terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the eight blasts.

Sri Lankan officials suspected the little known local Islamist group called the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) behind the execution of the attacks.