A Muslim woman wearing a hijab walks through a street near St Anthony”s Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui [Reuters]

Colombo – Sri Lanka’s decision to ban face covering a week after more than 250 people were killed in a series of coordinated attack on Easter Sunday has drawn mixed response, with activists saying the move “violated Muslim women’s right to practice their religion freely”.

The law that takes effect from Monday did not specifically name niqab or hijab worn by many Muslim women.

“The ban is to ensure national security… No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” said a statement from

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