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Shiv Sena believes face masks or Burqas pose a threat to national security, calls for a ban

After Sri Lanka banned face veil in the aftermath of the Easter bombings, Shiv Sena on Wednesday called for a similar ban.

“This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” said the Sena in an editorial in the party mouthpieces, “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”.

In a statement, the Lankan President regarding the ban had said, “The ban is to ensure national security… No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult.”

Denmark, last year approved the ban on Burqa which was presented by the right-wing governing coalition which in defense, stated that it was not aimed at any religion and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the Jewish skull cap.

Earlier, it was Austria which forbade full-face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa.

 

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