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India: Notice to University Grants Commission on preventing student from UGC-NET examination due to hijab

India: Notice to University Grants Commission on preventing student from UGC-NET examination due to hijab
29 Dec
10:51

Delhi Minority Commission issued a notice to the University Grants Commission and asked why the girl wearing hijab was not allowed to take the UGC-Net examination?

It is to be mentioned that Umiya Khan, a student of Jamia Milia Islamia University, was not allowed to sit in the examination due to wearing hijab last week.

According to The Wire report, Umaiya says that on December 20, before being taken to the Net-JRF examination at Ojas Technical Institute in Rohini, New Delhi, he was asked to remove the hijab.

While issuing notice to the UGC Secretary, the Delhi Minority Commission said that it is a clear case of discrimination against religious minorities and they have a conspiracy to keep them away from the mainstream.

Referring to a decision of the Kerala High Court, the Commission said, “There is no legal or constitutional basis for wearing the hijab and not giving the examination. The Kerala High Court has allowed Muslim women wearing hijab to take the exams.

The High Court had issued a clear order and said that the religious rights of Muslims and Sikh women should be respected.

A similar incident was reported in Goa, where a 24-year-old Muslim student, Sofina Khan Saudagar, was not allowed to sit in the examination due to the hijab.

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