Kerala High Court allows Muslim girls to wear hijab for AIPMT

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Kerala High Court on Tuesday granted permission to Muslim girls to wear hijab for the All India Pre-Medical Test-2016 but on condition that they should be present at the hall half an hour before the exam for frisking if necessary.

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The order, according to PTI, was issued by Justice Muhammed Mushtaq while hearing a writ petition by one Amnah Bint Basheer challenging the dress code prescribed for the candidates by CBSE in the bulletin relating to conduct of AIPMET-2016.

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While allowing girls to wear hijab, a customary religious dress, the judge set a condition that the girls shall be present at the hall half an hour before the exam and, if required, the invigilator can search the body.

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The petitioner contended that the instructions contained in the AIPMET-2016 bulletin regarding dress code, as per her religious beliefs and practises, would amount to violative of exercise of religious freedom.

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The court issued directions to CBSE to permit Muslim girl students to wear hijab for attending the AIPMET.

Last year, a single Judge of the Kerala High Court had allowed two Muslim girl students to wear hijab while appearing for the CBSE AIPMT-2015.

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