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Kolkata: A teacher at West Bengal's first Muslim University, who was not allowed to hold classes after she defied the student union's "diktat" to wear a burqa, has finally won her battle following the intervention of a state minister.


Sirin Middya, 24, was assigned to library duty at the Aliah University on the insistence of the student union which objected to Sirin's refusal to wear a burqa in classes, University sources said.

The Union had issued a directive in April that the eight women teachers must wear a burqa to class. The university authorities, at the intervention of West Bengal Minority Affairs minister Abdus Sattar, have now asked Sirin to resume classes, the sources said.

The university administration contacted Middya on Monday, asking her to resume duties without a burqa, assuring that she would face no problem. The student union too said, the teacher is free to decide what she wore, as long as it is decent.

"We have no objection to the teacher taking classes in a decent dress," Union general secretary Hasanur Zaman said adding that Middya had gone to the media and “created an issue” where none existed.

The Vice-Chancellor, Syed Shamsul Alam, was urged to allow Sirin to resume teaching since there was no dress code at the university, they said.













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