New Delhi: A student of Jamia Milia Islamia University has alleged that she was not allowed to appear for UGC NET examination because of wearing hijab or headscarf. The student identified as Umayya Khan is presently pursuing MBA in the university.
Talking to the news agency, Khan said, “They asked me to take off my hijab, despite me telling them they could frisk me privately. I asked them to show me the guidelines yet I wasn’t allowed to write the exam.”
Unhappy with the indiscrimination, Umayya Khan expressed the incident on the micro-blogging site Twitter on December 20. She wrote, “It clearly says in Constitution that we are free to follow any religion yet this chauvinistic government servants didn’t let me appear in my NETJRF 20dec2018 exam because I was convincing them to let me cover my head and it’s in my religion.”
In the series of tweets, she accused officials of violating the fundamental rights. “You can’t stop corruption, rape, murder, lynching but you are so proudly and openly violating our fundamental rights,” read another tweet.
According to DNA reports, the exam was supposed to start at 2 pm. She reached the exam centre at 1 pm. But the invigilators stopped Umaiyah to sit in the exam because she was wearing hijab. Umaiyah has written to the National Commission for Minorities and other organizations.
This is not the first time any such discrimination incidents have been reported. Recently, leading Qatari woman athlete Mariam Farid was banned from playing soccer because of her hijab (the veil that covers the head).
On this, she said that she would never compromise on her identity but would not mind blending a bit of fashion with religion.