The Supreme Court refused to allow Muslim girls to wear a hijab in today’s AIPMT exam, saying that “your faith won’t disappear” if it is not worn on a particular day. The SC order comes three days after the Kerala High Court had allowed two Muslim girls to wear a scarf and a full-sleeve dress for today’s test, on the condition that an invigilator can frisk them if required.
Yesterday, on Friday, a bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu told the counsel for the petitioner, the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India: “On a day when you have to sit for an exam, you are being asked not to wear it. Your faith won’t disappear if you appear for the exam without a scarf.” The bench added that it was a “small issue” and the top court does not need to interfere in such matters.
“This court asked CBSE to re-conduct the exam. One petition is filed saying I should be allowed to wear a cap. Another petition is filed that I should be allowed to wear a kurta since it is my religious practice. Merely because you are wearing something different, should we be allowing such a prayer?” it added.
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The Supreme Court had cancelled the May 3 AIPMT and re-scheduled the test on 25th July 2015, as the question paper was leaked and electronic equipment was used to cheat in 3rd May exam. So, earlier CBSE had issued a notification, “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. It was this notification that the SIO, along with some candidates, challenged in the top court.
Judge further added, “What if everyone wears a scarf or something else and claims it to be a religious practice? Can an examiner start inquiring into everybody’s faith?” Suggesting that it was a reasonable restriction, the court said, “You may wear it after the exam. What is the problem? We don’t interfere with these kinds of small issues.”
If we see the position of CBSE board and Judgment of Kerala Court, the SC’s order should be welcomed broad mind way and the saying is also absolutely true as no hijab 3 hrs exam’s can not make their faith disappear literally.