- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Muslim women living in Urumqi, China, will soon be barred from wearing burqas in public, thanks to a new rule passed by lawmakers aimed at encouraging city natives to wear more colorful and traditional dresses.

The black burqas aren’t traditionally worn by Urumqi women and regulators don’t want religious extremism to blot out the historically colorful outfits of city women, United Press International reported.

The ban on burqas was introduced in December and passed over the weekend, but it’s not clear when it will take effect. But it’s hardly the only one in the world. France and Belgium also ban the public wearing of head-to-toe burqas, UPI reported.

Roughly half of Urumqi’s residents are Muslims.

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