UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The niqab ban at a university in Indonesia has been lifted after international criticism.
Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University announced its ban on face veils on March 5.
About 10,000 students attend the school and an estimated three dozen students wear niqabs.
The university, located in Yogyakarta, said its aim was to combat religious extremism.
Over the weekend, the school published a statement saying the ban will be revoked “to maintain an academic climate that is conducive to fairness”
Niqabs are often found in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states and are considered rare in Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population.
Many people against the ban said they thought the school’s decision impeded people’s choice.
The Jakarta Post reported some Muslim organizations met with campus management to voice their concerns about the decision.