The European Parliament’s biggest political group has called for an EU-wide ban on Islamic face veils, the Independent reported.

The European People’s Party, a center-right liberal conservative grouping, said that the ban should be introduced “both for reasons of security and because seeing one another’s faces is an integral part of human interaction in Europe”.

The EPP holds 216 seats in the 751 member European Parliament.

EPP’s banning of face coverings explicitly targets Muslims under a resolution named “For a cohesive society: Countering Islamic extremism”, mentioning the burqua and niquab by name.

A number of European countries have in recent years issued face covering bans. Some of the bans have been issued on the basis of secularism while some others on the pretext of security concerns.

However, all covering bans have effectively targeted Muslim women.

Muslim women traditionally wear hijab in the presence of adult males outside their immediate family. They wear hijab as a symbol of modesty and privacy.

The Quran, the holy book of Islam, guides both men and women to dress modestly. Some interpretations of Quran and Hadith define this type of modest clothing for women as covering the head, face, and body.