Herald: Goa Human Rights Commission informed of ruling on hijab case
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Goa Human Rights Commission informed of ruling on hijab case

16 Jan 2019 06:06am IST

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16 Jan 2019 06:06am IST

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PANJIM: Safina Khan Saudagar, who was refused permission to appear for the NET examination for wearing a Hijab in December 2018, has brought to the notice of the Goa Human Rights Commission that Directorate of Higher Secondary has ruled the matter in her favour. 

The Commission, which is hearing a petition by the Merces resident that alleged she was denied entry to answer the exam during a security check as she refused to remove the Hijab. 

“Prima Facie it appears that, there are no rules specified on the website or elsewhere concerning the exams, specially with regards to restriction Hijab or a particular dress code. If for any reason, Hijab is not allowed then same should be clearly mentioned in the instructions. We also feel that conductors and examiners should be enough sensitive towards personal liberties and religious sentiments,” Director of Higher Education Prasad Lolienkar had said in a letter to Union HRD ministry’s National Testing Agency on January 1, 2019. 

The girl had pointed out that there is no rule mentioned in University Grant Commission’s website where wearing Hijab has been banned. 

The Commission has adjourned the matter for next hearing on February 1 while also observing that it will examine if the GHRC has jurisdiction to take up the case. 

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