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.
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