A first year degree student who insisted on wearing a head scarf was
banned from entering class in SVS College in Bantwal.
Aysha Asmin who secured 78 per cent in her second PUC examinations
had enrolled in the college for the commerce course.
Since the start of the college on July 11 she had been wearing a
scarf to the college.
After the student elections, the new president objected to wearing
of the scarf, Aysha Asmin told media persons in Bantwal.
On August 6, the principal threatened to ban her entry if she
continued wearing the scarf to class. The principal did not budge
from his stand though her parents met him on August 7.
"There are three other Muslim girls in my class. A girl stopped
wearing a scarf after being threatened," she said. Aysha Asmin
clarified that she had no intention of tarnishing the image of the
college but said that she would fight forces that prevented her
entry into class. Anugraha Education Trust Trustee, Ibrahim Chandadi,
said he would draw the attention of both the Mangalore University
and Women’s Commission to the injustice. When contacted, principal
Seetharamaiah said the college has completed 41 years and there is
no such rule in the institution. There are other Muslim students who
are adhering to the college guidelines, he said.
Girls skip classes due to dress code
Uppinangady Government First Grade College toughened its stand and
denied entry to Muslim girls wearing a burqa over the uniform.
The dress code was enforced from Monday. When the girls sought
permission to wear a burqa, the principal denied them entry into the
Many students were forced to skip classes.