Beijing, March 31: China declared for a ban on burqas as well as abnormal beards to fight against religious extremism in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Thursday, situated in the northwest China which is largely colonized by Muslim population. Under the new rules, the airport, railway stations and other public places workers would have to prevent women with fully covered faces and bodies from entering and report them to police.
According to chines Media, The new regulations, which will come into force on Saturday, outline prohibitions on growing abnormal facial hair or wearing robes that cover the whole body and face. They also ban spreading extremist ideas, refusing to watch or listen to government propaganda on radio or TV, and preventing children from receiving national education, according to the text of regulations published on a government website.
The state-controlled Xinjiang Daily reported, they say parents and guardians cannot organise, lure or force minors into attending religious activities”. Neither should they promote extremist beliefs in children, nor force them to dress in extremist clothing or other symbols, the newspaper said, echoing the tone of previous bans on Islamic dress including beards for men and headscarves for women.
Any group or person has the right to stop these kinds of behaviors and report them to the public security authorities,” the rules said. If parents are unable to remove their children from harmful extremist or terrorist ways and they cannot continue to study at their existing schools, they can apply to have their children sent to specialist schools to receive rectification.
Religious activities are banned in schools, which must guide students away from separatism and extremism, to create an environment that “esteems science, seeks the truth, refuses ignorance (and) opposes superstition”, the rules continue.
The Uyghur ethnic group has been fleeing unrest in Xinjiang region arising from a 2015 ban on observing the rituals associated with the holy month of Ramadan, including worshiping and fasting. The province has seen anti-government insurgent violence, with at least 200 people having died in attacks allegedly carried out by Uyghur separatists over the past two years.
Meanwhile, China's largest province Xinjiang is bordered by eight countries including the former Soviet Central Asian republics, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The region experienced a brief period of independence in the 1940s but China regained control after the Communists took power in 1949.
It is home to the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur minority who make up about 8 million of the province's 19 million people. Rich in natural resources, economic development in the region has been accompanied by large-scale immigration of Han Chinese. Anti-Han and separatist sentiment has become more prevalent since the 1990s, flaring into violence on occasion.