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Goa government writes to centre supporting girl in NET Hijab controversy

GOA (GCCurrentAffairs): At the backdrop of a Muslim community girl refused to appear for National Eligibility Test Examination for wearing Hijab last month in Goa, State government has written to Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry that there are no such restrictions mentioned on any of the website or elsewhere.

Goa’s Department of Higher Education has written letter to Union HRD ministry on January 01, 2019 highlighting the issue raised by 24-year-old girl Safina Khan Saudagar who was not allowed to write NET examination when she refused to remove Hijab.

Director of Higher Education Prasad Lolienkar in a letter to National Testing Agency of Union HRD ministry has said that prime facie, it appears that there are no rules specified on the website or elsewhere  concerning the exams, specially with regards to restriction Hijab or a particular dress code.

“Therefore, she should have been allowed to appear for the examination,” he added.

Lolienkar has said that if for any reason, Hijab is not allowed then same should be clearly mentioned in the instructions.

“We also feel that conductors and examiners should be enough sensitive towards personal liberties and religious sentiments,” he added.

“We would  appreciate if clear instructions are specified on website or admit card so that candidates are well aware of the terms and conditions regards to the dress code, specially keeping in mind all faiths,” the letter reads.

The girl has already moved to Goa State Human Rights Commission against the injusticed meted out to her by not allowing to appear for the examination.

She had also written an email to Lolienkar listing out the incidents on the day when she was refused to answer the examination.

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