Indian nationalist group calls for ban on veils

2019-05-01 at 14:39

An Indian Hindu nationalist group allied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a ban on veils today following Sri Lanka’s decision to prohibit the garments worn by women after the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka imposed its ban on Monday to help security forces identify people under an emergency law put in place after Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in churches and hotels killed more than 250 people.

The Mumbai-based Shiv Sena party said, “We welcome this decision and demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows in Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban the burqa and niqab in India.” Some Muslim leaders said a ban on the burqa would be an attack on civil liberties, and the demand was being made now to whip up controversy as Hindu-majority India votes in a staggered general election. About 14 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people are Muslims.