A school in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, refused to allow a Muslim child to attend classes because she came wearing a hijab. A hijab is a head scarf worn by Muslim women and is a part of the Islamic dress code.
N. Emmanuel, the principal of St Joseph Inter College, claims that the school has its own dress code which does not allows any religious clothing to be worn by students.
The parents of the student, however, claim that the school did not inform them of the same at the time of admission. They also stated that the girl, Farheen Fatima, can be seen wearing a hijab in her photo on the admission form.
A standard IX student, Farheen said that she had to spend an entire day at the library due to this.
Nahid Lari Khan, a member of UP Child Rights Protection Commission, went to the school to investigate the matter after the family filed a complaint.
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“I spoke to several students of the school and it was evident that nobody expressed any reservation against a student wearing a hijab,” Khan told Headlines Today.
She said that the school management was discriminating against Farheen purely on religious grounds, adding that she has requested the district administration to take suitable action against the school.
St Joseph Inter College is not a missionary school and is run by an Aggarwal family.