New Delhi: The chief of a Muslim education body in Kerala, who recently banned face-covering veils in college premises, has filed an FIR alleging that his life is under threat. Also Read - THESE States in India Have Imposed Lockdown, Other Restrictions This Month
The Muslim Educational Society (MES) on Apri 17, notified all 150 institutions that come under its ambit to follow the new directive- and its president President Dr. Fzal Gafoor has alleged that he is receiving death threats following the circular. Also Read - Kerala Imposes Full Lockdown From May 8 Amid COVID Surge, Exempts Essential Services
Gafoor said that an unidentified person called and warned him of dire consequences if this directive is not withdrawn. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights
The notification urges all students and teachers to follow the rule and not wear any piece of clothing that covers their face- though it does not explicitly mention burqas. Doubling down on rules adherence, the circular reads, “Institution heads and officer-bearers of the local management of the institutions should be vigilant.” The circular also takes note of an earlier judgment passed by the Kerala High Court that said institutes had the fundamental right to establish their management norms.
The circular reportedly reads, “MES that aims at the social and cultural progress of the Muslim community insist that the students, even while maintaining high standards in curricular and extra-curricular activities, do follow certain decorum in the dress code too. We should discourage all undesirable practices on the campuses… Under these circumstances, dresses that are unacceptable to the mainstream society – whether they are modern or religious – cannot be promoted.”
This move comes in wake of the Sri Lanka government banning women from wearing face-covering veils like burqa or niqab following Easter bombings in the country that killed over 263 people and injured nearly 500.