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The Indian Herald

August 19, 2009

Mangalore college imposes ban on burqa

A college in Mangalore has stopped a Muslim girl from wearing burqa (or hijab). The government-run Sri Venkataramana Swamy College's move has led to outrage among Muslims.

The girl, Ayesha Amin, who is a student of B.Com was asked to stop wearing burqa. The college principal Dr Seetharamayya said that the rules were mentioned in the prospectus.

Incidentally, there is no such rule in the college prospectus. The girl's parents have decided to approach higher authorities and have written to the Vice-chancellor about the allegedly biased diktat.

Mangalore, earlier a tolerant city, has lately been in the news for wrong reasons. The City has witnessed communal tension and the cadre of right-wing Hindu organisations have beaten Muslim youths on the campuses.

However, the move by a college comes as a surprise. Interestingly, girls in schools and colleges in India have been voluntarily wearing burqa for decades, say the parents.

Muslim organisations have expressed shock and anger over the unilateral decision of the college. The local organisations protested the move and said that it was not an RSS or Bajrang Dal run institution but the college administration's decision pointed towards their fanatic right-wing leanings. Other non-Muslim groups have also opposed the decision of the SVS College administration.

TIH Bureau

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