China bans wearing of burqas in public in Xinjiang province

 Lawmakers in China have reportedly approved a ban on women wearing burqa, a traditional Islamic garment, in public in Xinjinag province, a region with a large Muslim population.

ANI| Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 15:45 PM IST

London: Lawmakers in China have reportedly approved a ban on women wearing burqa, a traditional Islamic garment, in public in Xinjinag province, a region with a large Muslim population.

The standing committee of the Urumqi Parliament in Northwest China`s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region "considered and approved" a regulation that outlawed the wearing of veil in public in the regional capital, reported The Independent.

Activists have, however, warned that prohibiting the wearing of veils the heavy-handed enforcement of the rules would further stigmatise the region`s minority Uighur Muslims.

Xinjiang is home to Turkish-speaking Uighur Muslims who have been beset for years by violence that has been blamed on Islamist militants by the government.

About 45 percent of the population of Xinjiang is Muslim. The Uighur community says that the repressive measures taken by the government have prompted the recent spate of attacks in the region.

The regional People`s Congress said that the regulation will go into effect after being amended.