Schools Denying Religious Freedom will not be Allowed to Function: Popular Front

Thursday, May 6th, 2010
scarf issue

Popular Front activists stages protest march against expelling student from school for weaing head scarf

Alappuzha (Kerala): Schools which are denying religious rights of students will not be allowed to function, warned Nasarudheen Elamaram, Kerala state president, Popular Front of India. He was responding to the decision of

An school can not function denying students their fundamental right of religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution of India. Such schools have to be closed down in Kerala, he said.

Nasarudheen also said that the decision of school management is the part of attempt by western Christian governments to prohibit head scarves from their country. Those who are denying Muslims the right to wear it, are not doing so for nuns, he alleged.

Activists of the Popular Front of India as well as the Students Federation of India took out demonstrations to the school on Wednesday protesting against the incident.
It was the Believer’s Church English Medium School at Gurupuram which follows the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum expelled T N Nabala, a student who passed out from Class IX for wearing headscarf. Nabala’s father Naseer Musliyar who is also the Imam of the local madrassa, says his daughter had been wearing the headscarf since she was in kindergarten. However, after the school’s management changed hands to the Believer’s Church recently, his daughter was warned not to wear the headscarf.

Nabala at her residence

Her father Naseer Musliyar alleged the school authorities could not tolerate a student with headscarf. Nabala had cleared Class IX but was denied promotion to Class X, he alleged.

“The authorities had dissuaded her from wearing the scarf and were waiting for an opportunity to send her away”, said Musliyar, who is the imam of a local mosque.

The TC issued by the school on April 26 does mention the reason for the transfer as “maftha is not allowed in this school”.
Education Minister M A Baby said the matter would be referred to the Centre as the school is affiliated to the CBSE.

The state’s director of public education, A.P.M. Mohammed Haneesh has ordered a probe against the Believers’ Church English Medium School in the southern district of Alappuzha, which issued a transfer certificate (TC) to the Class IX student, T.N. Nabala, on April 26.

Haneesh said: “The school will have to take back the student. It’s an issue of rights violation if it (the allegation) is true. And if the school does not readmit her, the government will withdraw the no objection certificate to the school.”

Alappuzha collector P. Venugopal has convened a meeting of both sides tomorrow. The state human rights commission has ordered a probe against the school.

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