AIPMT dress code: Minority organisation criticises SC decision

The president of Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), said that "the order issued by CBSE promotes curtailment of religious freedom of an individual" and added that the CJI's remarks in this regard are unfortunate.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 29, 2015 6:35 pm
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A minority organisation, which had moved the Supreme Court against CBSE’s decision to ban wearing of headscarf and hijab while appearing for AIPMT examination, on Wednesday criticised the apex court’s order refusing to entertain the plea.

Iqbal Hussain, President of Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), today said that “the order issued by CBSE promotes curtailment of religious freedom of an individual” and added that the CJI’s remarks in this regard are unfortunate.

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Hussain’s views were echoed by M D Thomas, Director of Institute of Peace and Harmony Studies, who said, “CBSE’s intentions behind the circular to put strict measures in place to avoid cheating during examination are justified but the regulations announced by them were not deliberated upon well. The board has no right to tamper with constitutional rights”.

After the May 3 AIPMT was scrapped by SC amid reports of paper leak, the Central Board of Secondary Education had issued a notification, which stated that “the candidates will not bring items like belts, cap, scarf, etc” to the exam hall. It also asked the candidates to wear light clothes with half sleeves as well as open footwear. However, in view of opposition from some minority groups, CBSE had later allowed some flexibility in the dress code for the AIPMT re-test on July 25, saying there is “no bar” on wearing customary dress and for candidates who are appearing in centres in extreme climatic conditions.

“With such a circular CBSE is trying to cover up its failure to conduct an examination in a proper manner. The board needs to understand that AIPMT is not the only examination conducted in the country, when such rules are not in place for Civil Services and engineering entrance examinations, why are they showing such a communal mindset towards the medical exam,” Saleem Engineer, General Secretary, Jamaate Islami Hind, said.

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    Milind
    Aug 1, 2015 at 9:54 am
    SC is superior authority in our country and this type demands of minorities are not justified and nor in favour of people and examinations safty. It means those faith on God is based on only cutoms and dress .
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    1. Awadhesh Kumar
      Jul 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm
      Minorities or rather the muslims,predominantly, do not respect any law except their on religious dogmas. Unfortunate that these organisations are criticising the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court. They should clearly understand that this country will not tolerate such misdemeanor anymore and they will be liable to pay for this ill-advised tendency on their part
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        Divyanshu
        Jul 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm
        HaHaHa....kch bhi :D Yu cnt say jst anything to prove yourslf right...
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          Divyanshu
          Jul 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm
          HaHaHa....kch bhi :D Yu cnt say jst anything to prove yourslf right...
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          1. Krish Menon
            Jul 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm
            If you want to live in this country, follow the laws of the country. Nothing stops you from leaving and going to a country of your choice. So either follow the laws of this country or GET OUT.
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