Sinhala Ravaya organisation has demanded the Police to ban the wearing of the burka and the niqab with immediate effect, if they decide proceed with implementing the ban on wearing the full-face helmet.
Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, Convener of Sinhala Ravaya Magalkande Sudaththa said, “If the Police claims full-face helmets are banned to reduce crime rates, it is nothing more than a decoy to cover the inefficiency of the Police. A man dressed in a burka attempted to rob a bank in Katugasthota and a drug lord was evading the Police for year under this attire. . . What is the technique that is deployed by the Police to identify a criminal hiding under this attire?”
He went on to state that if the Police is able to state whether it’s a man, a woman or a criminal that is hiding under the niqab or burka, the Police should deploy similar method to crack down on criminals attempting to engage in illegal activities under the cover of the full face helmet.
“If the full face helmet is to be banned – we urge the Police to ban the burka too as it is a grave threat to national security,” he added.
The ban on the full face helmet was to be implemented with effect from today but the Court of Appeal issued an interim order last afternoon suspending the operation of the policy advisory.
Meanwhile, earlier this week a spontaneous protest was organized by the motorcycle riders who protested against the ban at the Galle face Green then arrived at the Prime Minister’s office and from there proceeded to the Kandana residence of Public Order Minister John Amaratunga to express their objection to the decision.