New Delhi, 10 July 2015: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a controversial dress code for the 25thJuly AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test). The dress code issued on Thursday (9th July) has banned scarf, full-sleeve kurta among other things. The dress code has angered Muslim parents whose daughters wear Hijab and are candidates of AIPMT. Scarf and full-sleeve kurta are the minimum part of Islamic Hijab.
The notification no. 3282 dated 9th July 2015 has point No. 7 that carries the dress code:
“The candidates will observe the following dress code while coming for appearing in AIPMT Examination: a) Wear light clothes with half sleeves Shirt/T-Shirt/Kurta not having big buttons, brooch or any badge, flower and Trouser/Salwar etc. b) Wear open slippers and not the shoes.”
As scarf and full-sleeve kurta are considered among the minimum parts of Islamic Hijab, the ban on these two items has angered Muslim parents.
“There is very strange and objectionable requirement for retest in AIPMT. Scarf not allowed, full sleeve kurta not allowed. This should be protested immediately…” says Hamid Akhtar whose daughter is set to attend the AIPMT on 25th July.
Akhtar is so angry that he said he will take his daughter to exam centre in Hijab and if not allowed in, they will walk out.
“I will take my daughter to test centre and will resist. If not allowed, will walk out,” Akhtar told IndiaTomorrow.net
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