7th OIC Report on Islamophobia highlights case of Muslim Attire at Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya

Forum for Peaceful Coexistence, Sri Lanka

Read OIC islamophobia_7th_report_2014 here

Muslim women’s attire under attack in Sri Lanka

Hate groups in Sri Lanka have made the attire of Muslim women a key target in their onslaught against Muslims.They have used security and the need for uniformity as reasons to attack Muslim female attire such as the hijab, the punjabi attire and the niqab. Although the Ministry of Education by a directive issued in 1980 permitted Muslim girls to go to school attired in a punjabi attire, since 2009, school authorities have prohibited this in many schools in the country. Various excuses have been made out such as the need for uniformity or the simple and oft used one ‘this is a Buddhist school/country’. On a separate incident, University of Moratuwa stopped three Muslim girls from attending the university because of the niqab.

Two students filed cases in the Supreme Court in SC (FR) 424/2013 and SC…

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