Apr 23, 2019

Obstacle to reconciliation- proposal to ban burkha! Featured

It had been discussed at the Cabinet meeting yesterday about banning the full face covered burkha. 

Minister Mangala Samaraweera had told the Muslim MPs to pay attention to this matter and urged them to intervene in preventing Muslim extremism in public. 

Minister Samaraweera had said that he is against all forms of extremism and he had openly condemned the Sinhala extremists. 

He had said that the fully covered burkhs is being viewed suspiciously and had urged the Muslim ministers to view this issue properly and raise objections from within the community. 
Ministers Kabir Hashim and Rishad Bathiudeen had responded positively to Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s request.

By now, several countries have banned the burkha on the grounds of security and other social factors. 

Muslim women’s head scarf:

 102900821 islamicveilsBritish politician Boris Johnson had come under criticism lately for his criticism of the burkha claiming that it looks like a post box. 
Following this, the Nikab had come under criticism where only the wearer’s eyes are visible.  

According to the Holy Quran, men and women are expected to dress modestly while the men are expected to cover themselves up to their knees and women are expected to cover themselves in front of outsiders apart from their eyes, face hands and feet. 

However, as there is a debate on the issue of covering up while the hijab is a scarf used to cover a woman’s head and neck, but the face is open. But in some instances the long robe is worn from head to toe revealing only the eyes through a veil. 

What is the religious significance?

There is longstanding debate on whether the Nikab or burkha is vital or just a result of some recommendation. 
The Quran is said to state that as long as women dress modestly, there is no necessity to cover their whole body. It suggests that women should cover their private parts and should not purposefully display their beauty.  

However, some argue this matter. 

Laws pertaining to full face cover

The first country that banned the full face veil in public places is France in 2011. Months later Belgium followed suit. 

It was then followed by Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark  and Bavaria.  

However, some countries make it a must and there have been posters in Iran implying that women without full ‘Islam attire’ is like lollypops which attract flies.

However, a group of women protested against this move and had removed their head scarfs in public. One such women was sentenced to two years imprisonment last March.