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AIPMT dress code: Not allowing hijab, veil violation of rights, say Kerala Cong, IUML

A day after AIPMT was held across the country, IUML national secretary E T Muhammed Basheer blasted the court for its observations.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 27, 2015 5:31 am
aipmt, cbse, aipmt dress code, supreme court aipmt sc order, aipmt hijab, aipmt rules, aipmt supreme court , sc order aipmt, cbse medical exam, aipmt news, cbse news, india news, indian express On Friday, while refusing the aspirants of the AIPMT to allow wear hijab/headscarf, the Supreme Court had stated that “your faith won’t disappear if you appear for the exam without a scarf.” (Photo: Reuters)

The Kerala unit of Congress and its alliance partner in the state, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), said on Sunday that disallowing All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) examinees to take the test wearing hijab or veil was a violation of constitutional rights.

The statement comes after a Catholic nun refused to take the test on Saturday when she was asked to remove her headscarf for mandatory checking before entering the exam hall.


Video: SC Refuses To Allow Hijab In Test: Our News Desk Discusses The Development (app users click here)

Congress state president V M Sudheeran, in a statement, said denying permission to examinees to wear headscarf was unfortunate.

“It infringes upon a citizen’s constitutional rights to protect his faith and religious practices. The Centre should take necessary steps not to repeat such incidents which hurt the religious sentiments of believers,’’ he said. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy chose to keep silent on the issue.


Read: SC to PMT students: Faith won’t disappear if you don’t wear scarf (hijab) one day

MP and IUML national secretary E T Muhammed Basheer criticised the Supreme Court’s move to disallow a petition against new norms for AIPMT examinees introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which organises the exam across the country.

On Friday, the Supreme Court had disallowed a petition by the Students’ Islamic Organisation against a dress code introduced by the CBSE for examinees and stated, “your faith won’t disappear if you appear for the exam without a scarf.”


Read: Nun in headscarf ‘barred’ from medical entrance test

Reacting to the apex court decision, Basheer said, “The court has no right to interfere in matters of faith. The issue is not a simple one as the court had reckoned. Its verdict was against religious faith.”

Speaking on the IUML statement, BJP’s state president V Muraleedharan said that the IUML is challenging the Supreme Court and the Indian Constitution.

“If they are living in the country, they should follow the Supreme Court order. Otherwise, they should give away the citizenship,” he said.

In the backdrop of large-scale irregularities in the AIPMT held in May this year, the Supreme Court had directed the CBSE to conduct a second test. Following the apex court order, the board imposed a strict dress code, banning examinees from sporting jewellery, hair pins, head scarf or veils, shoes, watches and electronic devices.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Jul 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm
    India is a democracy and runs by consution. Not whims n fancies of an individual or groups...........
    1. K
      Jul 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm
      Frankly, w country is tired of your beliefs and faiths
      1. R
        Jul 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm
        If religion and faith is more important, then why do you go to court and ask for exemptions? Just stay home and do what your religion says..... You should also stop using Autos, Bikes, wearing watches, buying expensive cars and mobiles, stop using computers, laptops. Why are you so selective about adopting new and different ways? This nation and exams did not have problems with you guys when we got independence.... Why are you today creating this issue of needing hijabs for exams?? Tmw these girls will say we will treat/work only where they allow hijabs.....they will say we will attend to women who only wear hijabs? How far do you want others to compromise for your stonage religious views.
        1. Zubair A
          Jul 27, 2015 at 6:54 pm
          There are lots of majoritarian anathema I can fathom in the comments. No prudent Muslim would ever want to move to stan as RW extremists have been suggesting either for religious reasons or politically. stan is nowhere a true Islamic state as attributed than on paper. stan blemishes Islam today more than anyone else does. Be that aside, article 25 consution enles every Indian to profess and propagate their ideology. CBSE's order is blatantly abusive of the consution. With all due respect to the court and legal system in India on which I've utmost faith, but I doubt the integrity of the governments time to time dealing the issues for their vested interest who unfortunately represents prosecution backed by all power and mechanism and the other side renders to be weak. The opinion ped by SC is really objectionable in purview of the consutional rights Indians are enled to to profess their religion. This decision resembles that of khan panchayats, there are technologies available to curb the cheating done using technilogy, a prudent person can understand easily that they're referring to technology-driven cheating, not scribbled-notes hidden under scarf which can be done under undies too. Should all the students be made nude and appear for the exam. Would anything happen if someone be nude for 3 hours? Had CBSE been unbiased, it should've been balanced, there are other traditions in India that covers ear much closer and strongly than a hijab does, it should've been mentioned too, but, I'm not here for that gutter game while trying to establish CBSE's order is very deliberate and discriminatory and therefore objurgatory.
          1. A
            Jul 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm
            Great judgement from SC. nothing is above the law!
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