Indonesia university revokes niqab ban after criticism | Bangkok Post: news
A student wearing a niqab face veil stages a protest against the ban on wearing niqabs on university grounds at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta on March 8, 2018. (AFP photo)JAKARTA: An Indonesian university whose ban on niqab face veils made global headlines has reversed the policy following criticism that it trampled on personal choice. Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta issued the edict last week to more than three dozen niqab-wearing students -- and warned they could be expelled for non-compliance. Another school in Yogyakarta, Ahmad Dahlan University, has also urged students not to wear the niqab -- without penalty for non-compliance -- while several Indonesian universities have issued niqab bans in the past. The niqab has been at the centre of a heated global debate over religious freedom and women's rights, with France the first European country to ban it in public spaces.