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Moodbidri: Student Denied Permission to Wear Headscarf, Approaches DC


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

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Mangalore, Aug 10: A student of Jain College Moodbidri has approached the district deputy commissioner with a complaint that the authorities of the college have not been permitting her to wear headscarf (Hijab - shawl) while attending classes. The student is a second year PU (commerce) student of the college.

Because of the insistence of the college management that girl students should not wear head scarves, and the girl’s determination not to attend college without the headscarf, the student in question has not been attending college since the last two months, it is gathered. It is said that the college management had ordered Mumtaz, who entered the class with her headscarf on at the beginning of the academic year, to stand outside. The student says the pleas of her parents have also not been considered favourably by the college.

This tug-of-war has threatened to affect the girl’s academics. She says she has not been insisting on wearing a separate headscarf, but that she wants to use the veil (dupatta) of the college uniform as headscarf, as customary in her religion. Her parents have stood by her and supported her cause. Her well-wishers point out that wearing of headscarves has been allowed in a number of educational institutions in the region.

College convenor, Pratap, says that the college allows wearing of even Burqa in the college compound, but inside the class rooms, it is compulsory for students to maintain equality and stick to the dress code as per college rules. In-charge principal of the college, Keshava Bhat, says that if the student’s request is granted, requests for further leniency may come in from the students in the future.

Now that the ball is in the court of the district administration, it is hoped that the district department of PU education will take a decision soon in the matter and instruct the college to allow the student in question to wear headscarf while attending classes. An early decision is the need of the hour, as the future prospects of the student are in jeopardy.

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  • Shams Naveed, Uttar Kannada

    Sat, Sep 17 2011

    India is a secular country and it's humble request to all indian school or college management if threir's same rule, should consider on their prospectus and rectify according to the indian constitution to maintain peace and prosperity between the all communities,(Artticle mentioned Right to freedom of religion, covered in Articles 25, 26, 27 and 28, provides religious freedom to all citizens of India. The objective of this right is to sustain the principle of secularism in India. According to the Constitution, all religions are equal before the State and no religion shall be given preference over the other. Citizens are free to preach, practice and propagate any religion of their choice)

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Aug 11 2011

    What is wrong with if she is
    covering her head? She is not
    covering her whole face to conceal
    her identity. This girl may have
    exceptionally beautiful hair and
    the college authorities like to
    have her display to the public,
    instead of covering it. At this
    point, her freedom of choice is
    challenged through vested interests. While attending college in India which was a Christian
    college, we had Hindu and Muslism
    students, and some of the Muslim
    and Hindu girls used to cover the
    head, and it never had been an
    issue or problem to anybody. To
    some human beings, they are waiting
    to create some irritation to others
    simply to display their authority.

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  • Dinu, Sharjah

    Thu, Aug 11 2011

    Why should every action of such kind get a communal colour? As long as it does not affect or hurt someone, what's the issue? School management is spreading a wrong message to its students here.

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  • fayaz, Mangalore / Ludhiana

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    If it is a secular college then y she cant follow her RELIGIOUS cultur..? will the college management treat the SIKH student in the same way..?

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  • prakash, bangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    What about burka? If a student attends school/college with burka, will she be denied?

    logically if burkha is allowed, then dupatta also should be allowed. it is lighter version of burkha anyway. Which enables guarding or hiding private parts including beauty. Prime reason of usage.

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  • prajwal, ullal

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    u 101 % right Anup rao, bangalore Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    People do not protest when catholic run institutions prohibit students from wearing bangles , flowers and bindi. thats because they do not want to disturb communal harmony . there seems to be a hidden agenda behind the students complaint

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  • Innocent, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    What's taught in colleges or educational institutions? equality and justice? Whatever religious views you have do it at home or on the road. why only she needs it? not many of the other Muslim girls? There are many Islamic colleges where she can practice her all religious practices. not in a secular college.

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  • secularist, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    The only comment for the girl's approach to the DC is ''WOW''.. regarding christian institutions ,i have studied in christ king high school and st aloysius puc wearing headscraf and fulfilin hijab criteria everytime everywhere in campus also activly taking part in evrything with scarf,even was made the MC with hijab at college day celebrations without a ques.my christian institutions were GREAT so better not drag the christians into the isue.now i study in a HINDU INSTITUTION of HONOURABLE VEERENDRA HEGDEJI WHICH IS THE BEST.. again NO CRITISISING ALL HINDUS ..dont make any such issue communal..its just a matter of choice for individual modesty and social security backd by ALL RELIGOUS SCRIPTURES..please look at the issue through the eyes of the constitution with empathy for your compatriot's worries..only then we are indians..be it hindu muslm christian jain or others..WE STIL HOPE THAT THE RESPECTED PRINCIPAL FROM JAIN COLEGE CHANGES HIS MIND AND ALOWS THE STUDENT..AMEN!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai / Mapusa

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Nagesh, have you ever visited a college to see what girls wear? Most of the girls wear clothes as if there is an acute shortage of clothing material in India. I will appreciate a girl who covers every part of her body and if she wants to cover her head why not? What about sisters who teach in convents?

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore/UAE

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Interestingly none of the professional colleges in the district ban head scarf for muslim girls, money matters for them !

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    JAIN COLLEGE IS RIGHT & GIRL SHOULD OBEY THE COLLEGE RULES.

    MOST OF THE COMMENTS ARE AGAINST COLLEGE WHICH IS NOT A HEALTHY .

    ALL THE CHRISTAIN COLLEGES MADE STRINGENT RULES & EVERYONE HAS TO FOLLOW OTHERWISE HE/SHE WILL BE DEBARRED.

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  • FAZIL, DXB

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Our honarble president covered with Pallu No objection coz she is representing our Indian Culture, student also living in this greqt country why then bias

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Please remember that Institutions, Organisations or any Body in this country cannot make rules that violate the Constitution of India or the Laws of India. Tell a Sikh in India to find another school to get admitted because some school in India is not admitting him because of his turban and see what reply you and Clifford get.

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  • mohammed, mangalore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Mr. Maxim, i think you are talking based on some hearsay. Its in the quran about covering the the body for both men and women and the hadith explains it in more detail. Western media is not the source to know about Islam.

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  • Shilpa.S, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 10 2011


    This is unfortunate incidence.She should be allowed to wear dupatta as headscraf,as long as she is wearing college uniform.In reality it looks better for girls.Why so hard and fast rules in educational institutes?We are not living in a police state!!!!.

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  • A. D'Souza, Kodialbail

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    The whole world knows that it is good for a lady to cover herself which gives her dignity and self-respect but the topic here is not about what is good and for whom but about the rules of a certain college. If the college does not accept your style simply look for another. It is as simple as that.

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  • Mohammed, Yermal/Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Then the British man asked the Sheikh: Why do your girls cover up their body and hair?
    The Sheikh smiled and got two sweets, he opened the first one and kept the other one closed. He threw them both on the dusty floor and asked the British: If I asked you to take one of the sweets which one will you choose?
    The British replied: The covered one.
    The Sheikh said: that’s how we treat and see our women.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Jain Junior College Moodbidri, an oldest institution giving disciplined and result oriented successful education for the students of Moodbidri and beyond which came under such controversial situation is really unfortunate. I am an old student of Jain Junior College Moodbidri, would like request admin and parents of the said girl to solve the issue amicablyh.

    As said by Mr Dev Sagar, Mangalore, I would like to advise him that Moodbidri or any educational institutions in Moodbidri or people of moodbidri are not and will not falling prey for any party's agenda and it is a history MOODBIDRI.Therefore I see this issue between girl student and the JJC management only.Mr Abaya Chandra MLA, could solve this issue with in a minute if he wishes so...

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  • omar, ullal

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    I completely agree with Mr.Saleem mangalore. we have to question the double standard of some vested interests. If a sikh comes to the class with his turban is it seems equal dresscode. will they dare to ban it.

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  • Lallan, Jharkand

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    while you are in rome act like romans..while you are in gulf..follow there customs/rules ..when you are in india..just try to follow likings of 85% percent majority dominated people...jai ho..

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  • krishnaraj, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    I completely agree with Mr. Clifford, If she can not follow the instructions of the particular College, Then she better join some other college where it is allowed. She should make it clear in the beginning days only about her stand rater make it a big issue.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    There is Seven Conditions for Women's Dress in Islam that all practicing Muslims should follow and the one among them is Hijab. In no way it will change the atmosphere of the classroom instead it will protect them from the lustful eyes of the adolescent male students.

    In today's society womankind is being exploited, female sexuality is being openly used in advertising, mainly to attract the desires of men and therefore sell the product. Is the woman really free in today's society? The answer is obviously NO, the constant bombardment by the media and even the educational institutions as to how the ideal woman should look and dress testifies to this.

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  • TP Abdul Khader, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    This episode is yet another manifesation of the blatant prejudice and intolerance that exists in the district. If the college authorities have objections to religious attire, why does it not apply to bindis , kumkum and sindoor as well. Plenty of girls in the college flaunt these symbols without a problem. Most boys too wear saffron wristbands. Why does the rule on religious attire apply on to muslims then? If a sikh student is admitted, will the college ask him to remove his turban as well (I'm sure they won't!).

    There seems to be a pattern about humiliating girls who want to stick to the hijab - one we can notice in the attitude of the management and about some people commenting here as well.

    This isn't about uniformity. it's about discrimination, plain and simple. It requires courage to stand for your beliefs in the face of ridicule and discrimination. We are all proud of this girl

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  • anup rao, bangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    People do not protest when catholic run institutions prohibit students from wearing bangles , flowers and bindi. thats because they do not want to disturb communal harmony . there seems to be a hidden agenda behind the students complaint

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  • maxim, India

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    In the school or college all students are equal and what ever you want do it at home. you wear head scarf or not. but stand with college rule and regulations. My dear Muslim brothers and sister it is no where written that muslim girls and ladies should wear head scraf and Burka. it is created by you people. now it is seen small girls (kids) are forced to wear these kind of dress. it shows when you educate more and more you have become fundmentalist and when you had less education you did not had such problem. don't block your mind in religion only. religion is created to lead a good life in this world before we depart from it. and don't show fingures to others. school or college rules applys to everyone

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  • thomas, mangalroe

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    its rule of institution..
    if girl cant go to scholl withoiut scarf, let her study another school which allows scarf.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    If sikh boys/men are allowed to wear turbans why cant muslim women wear scarves ? India is a secular democratic country. If there are security issues involved women security officers/policewomen can be deployed. Religious sentiments of all religions must be equally respected and protected.

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  • Anil Pinto, Mangalore/Qatar

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Why these people mixing up religion with the education? Difficult to understand these people.

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  • S. Yousaf, Mangalore, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    she should be allowed to wear the scarf it is good....Rc Nuns wear scarf too, also good..let us go with Modesty which is the real freedom.But burka no (to cover ur face) i disgree.

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  • Kaizer, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Dear Clifford ,everyone has a rights to practice religious activities with in ourselves. No one us misguided or astrayed it is the basic criteria to be filled for a woman to be filled and it is our birth right.

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  • N. Das, Goa

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Every where they go, they want to show they are different. Even in schools.

    She can go to a School/Colleg where it is allowed and not create a stir just to look different from others.

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  • Dev Sagar, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Surely this is a part of the BJP hindutva agenda by some fanatic ministers like Kageri and Dhananjaya Kumar.

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  • clifford, dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    This is unnecessary provocation by this little girl. am sure she is misguided. if she cannot adhere to the school norms then she can seek admission somewhere else where she is allowed to wear a scarf or can ask her parents to open a college for her. Instead of being united, these petty things show the divisive mindset.

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  • Rocky, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    I wonder how this girl was attending her first year PUC classes? With scarf or without scarf? Something fishy here!!!

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  • Kamal Taiyyeb, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    This is not at all justified and totally uncalled for. We are in a secular and democratic India. All religions should be treated as equal and respected. Just look at this: All public functions mostly start with a hindu religious poojas and no one opposes it. All the politicians and ministers wear red powder/tilak on their foreheads. Again no one complains. All swamijis attend public functions with their upper body without any clothes. Still no one objects.

    So why only pick on muslims for wearing a head scarf. Does it affect anybody? I agree that covering the face completely leaving only the eyes visible is not justified. This is nothing but creating communal unrest in the society. The school management is surely primitive, fanatic and bent upon creating trouble in the society for no valid reason.

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  • Mohammad M.B., Uppinangady, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Issue of wearing scarves is a matter of religion as it is a religious practice. Religious freedom has been guaranteed by the Indian constitution where it not only addresses merely matters of doctrine and beliefs pertaining to religion but also its practices. Restriction of wearing headscarf in a college in Mudabidri is unhealthy and not conducive to development. It will lead to the tearing of the secular fabric of our society and create disharmony in the lives of the people of various faiths and religious gropus.

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  • Saleem, Mangaloer

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    I think schools should allow Muslim girls to wear headscarf if they want. Why no one is questioning Christian Nuns who wear similar head-cover? Why no one questions Sikhs who wear turbans? If we go to north India (Haryana, Punjab etc), we see most of Indian non-muslim women cover their head with their sari pallu and why no one question them? So why only muslim girls are questioned?

    Let us be open minded dear all and let everyone live their life peacefully. Few social enimies creat such obstacles and make our society bad!

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  • Ravi Gopal Acharaya, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    Very sad as every religion need to be respected and there nothing wrong in using schhol uniform shawl to cover the head.
    Shame on this school management

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  • john anthony, mangalore / qatar

    Wed, Aug 10 2011

    I think sanity must prevail, and if Sikhs are allowed a turban, a head scarg must be allowed. I am against a full veil burqa which covers all of the face, because when teachers teach, they use communication skills. Communication skills demand that the teachers identify body language to ensure what they teach is assmilated and lost. Finally, what she is asking is only to use the dupatta which is part of the uniform to cover her head. Loss of two months of academics is at times irreperable. Jai Hind

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  • anup rao, blore

    Tue, Aug 9 2011

    Nobody objects when children are forbidded from wearing bangles or flowers in catholic institutions or may be even bindi . I am not saying we should complain on that too , But if theres a rule in institution follow that .

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  • Banta Singh, India

    Tue, Aug 9 2011

    heloo.. I am a sardar... I want to know if I can enter institution in your region with a kripan(ceremonial sword or dagger carried by orthodox Sikhs)?? Because it is our culture and I find my religious acts are much above my country!!!

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  • Inthu, Basrur / UAE

    Tue, Aug 9 2011

    We are in INDIA .. Not ins Western countries. In our indian culture we have lot of respect to our indian ladies. This College authorities need to know we have to respect all religions minimum requirement.I think this college authorities may be wanted to convert college campus like western culture.
    I am sure in this collage no any sikh boys studying. If sikh boys studying they may ask to remove their peta and beard to attend classes to maintain dress code. This is meaningless conditions from Jain Collage Moodbidri.If they asking about dress code,duppatta is already comes along with college uniform and that girls says she will use same dupatta that come with uniform.
    This is unnecessary action is showing from college authority. This should be avoided.
    I just wanted to tell authorities of Jain Collage Moodbidri... Your college is in Moodbidri.. Not in western contries.. So respect indian culture.

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  • Zulfi, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Aug 9 2011

    As an Indian i Respect all the religions.. But Its Very Pathetic to see tht Some colleges do not allow Muslims to wear Scarf, But Sikhs are permitted to wear Turbans, and Students going on Shabari Male are accepted in the class with some extra pieces of cloth other than their usual Clothes... Small changes wont make any big difference Like Hindus wearing Sabari Male, Muslims Scarf and Sikhs Turban... Lets tolerate all religion and try to live in Peace

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