China bans wearing of full-length veils in public in Urumqi

Legislators in the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Urumqi, in China have put a ban on full-face veils and full-body coverings in public in an attempt to curb the spread of religious extremism.

Beijing: Legislators in the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Urumqi, in China have put a ban on full-face veils and full-body coverings in public in an attempt to curb the spread of religious extremism.

The standing committee of the Urumqi people's congress passed the regulation on Friday. However, the approval of the regional people's congress will be needed for the ban to take effect, reported the China Daily.

The wearing of full-face and full-body veils is associated with religious extremism, said officials.

Local officials will have the authority to ask people to not wear the logos and clothes linked to religious extremism.

A recent Regional Bureau of Religious Affairs' report said that the number of women wearing such clothes in Xinjiang has increased over the past few years, especially in southern areas.

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