Mumbai, Dec 25: A private school in Mumbra banned hijabs or niqabs for students as well as parents in premises citing security reasons. Symbiosis school issued a circular earlier this month and asked students and their parents to keep their faces visible in school premises.Also Read - Mandatory RT-PCR Test, 14-Day Quarantine: How Airports Across Country Gearing up to Tackle Omicron Variant | Key Points
The notification says that students’ parents and family members would have to reveal their face by lifting the veil while entering school premises. It further says that students won’t be allowed to cover their faces with hijab, even while leaving school. Also Read - India vs New Zealand 2nd Test: Ajaz Patel Feels NZ Spinners Could Have Bowled With Better Line And Length In Kanpur
The school administration called the decision of banning hijab to cover face a security measure. “Some students left school in a fully-veiled burkha. When their parents came, our security wouldn’t know where their girls were,” School trustee Kamalraj Deo told Indian Express. Also Read - Mumbai Makes RT-PCR Test Mandatory For All Domestic Passengers Amid Omicron Scare | Latest Travel Guidelines Here
“I don’t intend to hurt any religious sentiments, but on camera, faces need to be revealed, for our records… It is purely for safety reasons,” Deo added. Many parents termed the decision as a deliberate interference with religious practices, while some others welcomed it.