Sri Lanka attacks

Dr Metta in her office at Curtin University. Photo: Eliza Lyon.

Curtin University sociologist Dr Marilyn Metta says the recent banning of face coverings in Sri Lanka is a problematic response to the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka imposed a ban on clothing which conceals the face on April 29.

Dr Metta says it is a “panicked” and “unhelpful” response as nearly all of the attackers were men and this ban is only going to affect Muslim women.

Sri Lankan university student Yochabel Ammara says she can understand the reason for the ban and the response from multiple points of view.

“My personal views are that it negates the right to religious freedom but reflecting on recent events, it would make sense for security purposes,” she says.

Miss Ammara says it disturbs her to consider the severity of the recent attacks.

“It upsets me to think about how far the country had come since the civil war ended and how the attacks have taken and scarred lives of people,” she says.

Tonight, a symposium named ‘One of Us’ will be held at the State Library of Western Australia to discuss the Christchurch massacre and the recent terrorist attack in Sri Lanka which occurred within six weeks of each other.

The discussion will feature experts from various disciplines at Curtin University to reflect on the attacks and how people should move forward.

Dr Metta is one of the experts who will be on the panel and says the aim of the discussion is to include the community.

“One of the original ideas was to have community conversations, engaging the community and that’s the reason we decided to have it in a central place like the State Library, where community members are invited to come along and be a part of that conversation,” she says.

Dr Metta will discuss the various ways the community can respond to issues in the community which stem from terror attacks.

Dr Metta discusses marginalisation.