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Reporting on veiled prejudice

Conversations on the ground provide the kind of nuance that social media debates lack

In 2018, a school in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee district, a multi-ethnic city on the island’s eastern coast, grabbed rare national attention. A group of Hindu teachers and parents of children going to the school protested against some teachers wearing the abaya to work. Agitators slammed the teachers for choosing to shift from an earlier practice of wearing the saree along with a headscarf to the full-length, often black, gown that many Sri Lankan Muslim women have been wearing for decades now.

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