The Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has given a notice to the University Grants Commission(UGC) after a Jamia Millia Islamia student was barred from giving an exam for wearing hijab. The notice asks the Secretary of the UGC as to why the situation arose, calling the incident, “A clear case of discrimination against a religious minority “
Earlier, Umaiyah Khan, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia, had alleged that she was not allowed to give the UGC-NET exam for wearing a hijab.
The Delhi Minorities Commission’s notice also made the reference to the Kerala High Court judgement which allowed Muslim women to appear in exams wearing hijab.
An official said that the DMC has asked the UGC secretary “What steps are being taken to prevent the repetition of this injustice in future?”
Umaiyah Khan had claimed that she was asked to take off her hijab once she reached the centre in Rohini.
If an HRD official is to be believed the candidate was asked to remove the hijab show her face during the pre-exam frisking.
Earlier, Ms Safina Khan Soudagar, a 24-year-old from Goa was not allowed to take the NET exam in Panaji for wearing hijab. She filled a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission on Monday. Soudagar also filled a complaint with Shubhalaxmi Naik, chairperson of Goa State Women’s Right Commission.