8 December 2022

Muzaffarpur : A college student in this north Bihar town alleged that objectionable remarks were made against her by a male teacher who got annoyed when she refused to take off her head – scarf ( hijab ) during an exam on Sunday.

The incident took place at the Mahant Darshan Das Mahila College, better known by its abbreviation ” MDDM “, situated in the town’s Mithanpura locality where intermediate students turned up for their sent-up tests. Students who clear sent-up tests will be eligible to appear for the final examination.

College Principal Dr. Kanu Priya said, ” She was not prevented from wearing the hijab. She was only asked to reveal her ears since there were apprehensions that she might be carrying a Bluetooth device.

The Station House Officer of the local Mithanpura police station, Shrikant Sinha, said the dispute arose when the tests had just begun.

Hijab row during the exam
Hijab row during the exam

” Both sides were counseled by us and the exams were conducted peacefully. At present, lodging a case or deployment of additional forces in the area is not warranted. But we will keep a watch, ” the SHO said.

The principal said, ” Hijab was not an issue at all. Many students were carrying mobile phones, which was against norms. The girl in question was among those who were asked to leave their handsets outside the exam hall “. The girl was only asked to reveal her ears as the teacher, who was one of the invigilators, needed to check if she was carrying any Blue tooth device, the principal said.

” If the girl had a problem with that, she could have informed the ex-amination controller or me. But she had other intentions. She rang up the local police station and also some local anti-social elements she seemed to be knowing. When they arrived, she created a ruckus, ” alleged the principal.

” She claimed that the teacher had called her an anti-national and taunted her with the remark that she should go to Pakistan. I was not at the examination hall at the time but other girls appearing for the tests have said it was a lie, ” said the principal.

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