J&K: Girl students denied entry for wearing traditional veil

Aman Zutshi

A group of girl students has alleged that they were denied entry to their school in Srinagar on Thursday as they were wearing ‘Abaya’ (traditional veil, cloak). However, when the police reached at the scene of incident they were permitted entry in the school, first which was denied by the school authorities as the students were not wearing uniforms.

According to the report, the incident came to fore when some girl students of Vishwa Bharti Higher Secondary School Rainawari in Srinagar were denied entry to the school when they went there this morning wearing abayas.

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“The school management has told us that as we’re coming to the school wearing abaya other students are getting affected and they’re also wearing”, a girl student said.

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“They have apprised us that they don’t like us coming to school in veils and have also told us to not attend morning assemblies”, she alleged.

“A teacher has told me to not come in veil being a Muslim and has said that we should keep up with the rest of the society”, she accused.

“We will wear it and why should we stop. Why the school authorities don’t take action on other things going on in the school “, she said.

“We wear school uniforms under our Abayas”, she claimed.