Hijab Issue: A BA 1st Year student said that the college administration refused her entry into the campus as she was wearing Hijab, as reported in TOI.
On Sunday, several Muslim students in Aligarh Shree Varshney College claimed that they were forced to remove their Hijab and Burqa (veil) by the college administration as they tried to enter the college premises
According to a report in the Times of India, a BA 1st Year student said that the college administration refused her entry into the campus as she was wearing Hijab. “I’m going home now,” she told the media outlet.
According to the BSc Final Year student, the college administrators ordered her to remove her burqa first, then her hijab. “I’m not sure why they’re so bothered by our hijab.” She stated, “I am not used to walk around without wearing hijab, and the college is no longer allowing us to visit the campus.”
Another Muslim student, currently in her third year, claimed that throughout her first and second years of college, the administration had no problems with hijab. According to reports, the college administration sent out a message on Saturday pushing students to wear the ‘prescribed uniforms.’
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College proctor Anil Varshney, addressing the matter stated that the dress code is clearly stated in the college prospectus. “All we ask is that students respect the college’s rules and regulations,” he continued.
According to a senior college official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Times of India, the college administration is just following orders, and the dress code would be enforced more strictly from now on.
Aligarh’s Shree Varshney College was founded in 1947 and is affiliated with BR Ambedkar University. According to reports, there are 7000 students enrolled at the college, with 60 percent of them being female. In the college, there are around 250 Muslim students.
Beena Upadhyay, the administrative officer of Shree Varshney College told an online news website, “Students are allowed entry into our college as per the dress code. But if a girl insists that she wants to cover her hair/head, then, she can wear only white-colour headscarves. Any other form of the headcover is not allowed.”
“Yes sure, I’ve worked at this college for 15 years, and the uniform code has always been in place”, she said when asked if the dress code has been in place at the college for a long time.
“Any student wearing a hijab or veil is not permitted to attend our college.” If a student wears a burqa and hijab at home, they must remove it once they visit the college premises. They can continue wearing the hijab or burqa when they return home. However, they must wear college uniform while on campus,” the college administrative officer stated.