Kerala Education Body bans ‘Face-Covering Veils’ in Colleges

Weeks earlier to Sri Lanka government ban `face-covering veils’ in the country, in India an educational society has issued a circular that bans all face-covering attires in college premises from the upcoming academic session of 2019-20. The Muslim Educational Society (MES) in Kerala has notified on April 17 that all 150 institutions that come under its ambit to follow the new directive.

The notification urges all students and teachers to follow the rule- though it does not explicitly mention burqas. Doubling down on rules adherence, the circular reads, “Institution heads and officer-bearers of the local management of the institutions should be vigilant.”

The circular also takes note of an earlier judgement passed by the Kerala High Court that said institutes had the fundamental right to establish their management norms. MES President Dr Fzal Gafoor has reportedly said “MES knows what is good and bad for the community.”

The circular reportedly reads, “MES that aims at the social and cultural progress of the Muslim community insist that the students, even while maintaining high standards in curricular and extra-curricular activities, do follow certain decorum in the dress code too. We should discourage all undesirable practices on the campuses… Under these circumstances, dresses that are unacceptable to the mainstream society – whether they are modern or religious – cannot be promoted.”

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