An Indonesian university whose ban on niqab face veils made global headlines has reversed the policy following criticism that it trampled on personal choice.

Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Indonesia s cultural capital Yogyakarta issued the edict last week to more than three dozen niqab-wearing students — and warned they could be expelled for non-compliance.

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The school, which has about 10,000 students, had said the now-canceled rule was aimed at countering religious extremism in the world s biggest Muslim majority country.

“The guidance concerning students using a face veil will be revoked in order to maintain an academic climate that is conducive to fairness,” said a statement issued by the university at the weekend.

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