Mangaluru: Kerala Catholic Nun Disallowed from writing AIPMT Exam for Wearing Veil, Cross

Mangaluru: A day after the Supreme Court’s refusal to allow hijabs and full shirts in exam halls, saying that faith couldn’t be eroded in three hours, a person who refused to comply with the dress diktat due to her religious beliefs was barred from giving an AIPMT test. Sr Seba, a Catholicnun from Kerala was reportedly disallowed from writing the AIPMT examination. According to sources, the nun was to take the examination at the Jawahar Central Examination hall in Kanjiramkulam. Officials at the centre asked the nun to take off her cross and her head-scarf, it is learnt.

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According to the nun, where she had narrated the story to the media persons-she was willing to be searched and told the officials that, but they refused. She also said that the examiner was a Christian, but she told her that while there were rules for Christian Sabhas, here CBSE rules would apply. Seba claimed that she had offered to take the examination in a separate room but was disallowed. According to a nun who had accompanied Seba told media that the officials had been polite in dismissing her though. The nun had told another news channel that she decided to return from the examination hall as the veil could not be removed at will.

Sr Seba further added: “According to congregation rules we are not allowed to remove habit or veil. India is a democratic country, but it’s not following what it’s teaching. I thought if I undergo checking I would be allowed to wear my veil. If I go there after checking they will allow me wear my veil and write the exam. I feel there is something against religious people. As a member of the congregation, I will do what my sisters ask me to do. My intention is to give the test next year. ”

On Friday the Supreme Court dismissed petitions filed by two Muslim girls and the Students Islamic Organisation of India questioning the CBSE circular which prohibited students from wearing the purdah or a scarf to the examination hall. “Your faith won’t disappear if you appear for exam on one day without a head scarf or a purdah..It is nothing but ego…no, we are not going to interfere in such small issues,” had said Chief Justice HL Dattu, while heading a three judge bench.

However, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed two Muslim girls to wear headscarf and full-sleeved dress for the AIPMT, provided they reach the examination centre half hour early and allow to be frisked by a woman invigilator. A CBSE notification disallows students from wearing pendants, raings, bracelets and other kinds of jewellery in the examination hall

14 Comments

  1. Wearing cross and veil are not allowed? I guess I disagree with this decision. However, I am against covering your face and hiding your identity.

  2. The BJP Government will be turning as a big headache to the peaceful life of the people of India. As Mr. original Pai has
    indicated, neither the cross nor the veil will cover the identity, but taking off those things through creating laws is a terrible sign that India is advancing to some very serious troubles in the days ahead; through the deliberate infringement of personal liberty and pre-calculated attacks on the minority religions of India. Wait for the Bihar result like the Delhi miracle!

  3. I wonder why AS Mathew is ‘challenged’ in so many areas!! The very first line of the report clearly refers to a Supreme Court ruling. This was not a conspiracy by BJP govt!! Still, our friend AS Mathew continues to embarrass himself by blaming BJP for this ruling! I guess religious hatred coupled with over consumption of beef has certainly turned him into another genius!! LOL

    • Original RSS Paimaam says, “I guess religious hatred coupled with over consumption of beef has certainly turned him into another genius!! LOL”

      Now, he has given the right clue as to the secret of his becoming a genius, of course, after settling in the USA! He now feels that he really is a genius and he has explained how and why he could become so.

      Sharia Sheikh is not a genius till now, and may be he has not eaten beef, if the logic of Original RSS is true!

  4. Mr. Pai, which has more authority, the Indian Constitution or the Supreme court’s verdict of head covering? The Judges have failed to specify, as long as the head covering won’t hide the identity of a person, the ruling is not applicable. Do you justify the action taken against the Nun, prohibiting her from writing the medical examination because she had one hair covering and a cross? These are pre-calculated attacks on the fundamental liberty of the citizens of India. Who is now ruling in India? If a Bishop is passing through the TSA counter in the U.S., the Inspector may ask the Bishop to take off the headgear for security check, but the Bishop can fly while keeping the headgear on his head. If the Bishop is asked to fly bareheaded, how far illogical is that? If the Nun was asked to take off the hair covering for a minute, that is fine, but when she is not allowed to write the examination without her hair covering and cross, what kind of an illogical harassment is that?

    You are a BJP fan, that is your fundamental right. Perhaps you are not aware of the village level harassment of the minority Christians all over India now. You have already stated your fair opinion about the head covering of the Nuns and cross bearing. Why the Judges of the Supreme Court had such an open sense, instead of hurting the feelings and undermining the fundamental right of every individual of any religion in India? What is your logical explanation for that? Are you harassed in the U.S.? Be fair.

    The U.S. Supreme court by a majority of one vote, 5/9 redefined marriage for the first time in the U.S. history. The U.S., is a nation, the very foundation was on the Bible teachings, the forefathers cried and prayed to GOD for guidance.
    Now, the Supreme Court is challenging what is written about marriage in the sacred books of all the religions. Do I need to agree with the Supreme court’s decision?

    You may question me, if I ask openly, why Mr. Modi is keeping quite while national issues affecting the minorities are in headlines? If you criticize the Congress party for their slothfulness or corruption, I am not at all bothered about that.

    This Nun harassment news will be spreading around the world. What kind of an impression about India will be forming in the minds of the readers around the world? Please explain my friend. You can go to the search engine and what
    Mr. Sanjay Kirloskar has stated after attending the Hanover international business Industrial fair along with Modji . “Growing Attacks on Christians in India Dissuade Investors”. I didn’t tell him to say that, neither the Church leaders of India. The richest countries are Christian-dominant and the very high percentage of the richest people 56.2% are Christians, 6.5% Muslims, 3.9% Hindus, 1.7% Jewish and the rest 31.7% are of other religion or no religion(New World Wealth) We are now living at the internet age, these bad news about India will be affecting the economy of India. The religious fanatics of India can’t see that, thus pushing the nation into economic troubles. That is the main reason, I am speaking against the use of religious card by the BJP and her sisters parties.

    • Dear AS Mathew,
      Please note the below news too.
      “The Principal told her that she was also a Christian and understood her plight, but as per CBSE guidelines, veil and Holy cross cannot be permitted inside the examination hall, PTI reported.”

      Further please note that there is stringent religion control in China – Christians and Muslims are not allowed to freely practice their religion. However foreign investment flow to China never stopped. Most of the investment is from Europe and USA. As far as as you can make money religion is secondary to western nations.
      It is very much apparent now that there was no any religious angle to any attacks on churches or nuns. It was all either robbery or personal vendetta.
      Media is hiliting the issue to its advantage for more viewership.
      You Sanjay Kirloskar may have cooked up some news and published it and you have been it for granted!!

  5. My humble respects to the great departed soul of our beloved ex President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalaam saab. May his soul rest in peace.

    My heartfelt condolences also to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives at the senseless act of terrorism that rocked Gurudaspur. I trust the perpetrators will not be allowed to do such a heinous act again.

    • Dronaachaaryaa hopes that terrorists would not be allowed to indulge in their acts.

      Not to allow such things, Modi has drafted to the protection of the RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat, with Z Plus security by 60 Black Cats, round the clock!

      The Swayamsevaks and their toll claims of protecting the Hindus by twirling lathis is belied, for even to protect their chief, their lathis would not suffice!

  6. Mr.Mathew,

    I’ve already stated my opinion on the supreme court ruling. For the record, I don’t agree with the decision. I am all for religious freedom as long as it doesn’t hide your identity and doesn’t intimidate others. In my opinion, people wearing cross, bindi, veil, saree, dhoti or whatever should be allowed to write exams. Now, the only exception is with private property rules. I support the rights of private institutions to enforce their own rules.

    There is no proof to show that the recent Supreme Court decision was dictated by BJP!! This is where religious bigots like you are spreading the false information giving a bad name to India at international level. You and your group are taking isolated incidents and blame it all on RSS/BJP. Recently, a white man shot and killed 6 blacks in a church here in US. It’s an isolated incident. There are also a number of incidents involving white police officers killing unarmed blacks. It doesn’t mean that entire US is hunting down blacks here. Only a moron would blow these things out of proportion and blacklist US!! Also, how come you are very silent on recent remarks by Fraklin Graham? Would you have supported if a RSS leader made a similar remarks in India? Show some intellectual honesty and have an open mind.

    • ORIGINAL RSS DUPLICATE PAIMAAM OF USA SAYS, “There is no proof to show that the recent Supreme Court decision was dictated by BJP!! This is where religious bigots like you are spreading the false information giving a bad name to India at international level.

      WHEN MODI WENT TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES HE UNASHAMEDLY PROCLAIMED THERE THAT TILL LAST YEAR THE iNDIANS ABROAD WERE ASHAMED TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN iNDIA! WHAT IS THIS “INFORMATION” BY MODI, DEAR PAIMAAM?

      • Pincode Pai should stay on subject to avoid more embarrassment to himself. Where is the proof that BJP dictated recent Supreme court ruling?

        • RSS Paimaam warns me, “Pincode Pai should stay on subject to avoid more embarrassment to himself. Where is the proof that BJP dictated recent Supreme court ruling?”

          Paimaam, where did I say that “BJP dictated recent Supreme court ruling”?

          I only said Modi is insulting India abroad by his election speech like false allegations made abroad. Next time, is he going to contest elections abroad?

    • Original RSS Duplicate Paimaam pontificates to others, “There is no proof to show that the recent Supreme Court decision was dictated by BJP!! This is where religious bigots like you are spreading the false information giving a bad name to India at international level.” This tall ideal does not apply to him, his RSS and his Modi.

      Modi can go to foreign countries AS THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA and declare there that “till a year ago Indian youths were feeling ashamed that they were born in India, but now since the last one year they are proud that they are Indians”!

      Dear Paimaam, India wants to know if this political meanness can be tolerated by any patriot, other than you, your RSS and your Modi?

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