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Indian Activists Decry Burqa Ban

Saturday, 28 April 2012
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New Delhi, April 28:

Indian activists have warned that a recent decision by a Mangalore college to ban full face-veil in classes would force Muslim students to quit education, a move that could increase dangerous illiteracy rate among Muslim women."The burqa is a cultural symbol for Muslim women,” Ruth Manorama, president of the National Alliance of Women, told the Times of India on Friday, April 27.“I don't see any point in educational institutions putting a ban on it,” he added.

The controversial ban on burqa was imposed by the St Aloysius Pre-University College as part of its prospectus for undergraduate students."We mention in the prospectus that a uniform is compulsory for all students," Janardhan Pai, director of Canara Pre-University College, said, adding that their institutions had already made uniforms compulsory for students in PU and degree classes.“We don't say burqa is banned in our institution, but students can enter classrooms only in uniform.”

Banning students from wearing face veil, Muslim students were forced to remove it before entering classrooms.

"We were allowed to wear the hijab in classrooms and exam halls," said Kameez Fathima, a student of St Aloysius.“We go to college in the burqa, but we remove it and enter the classroom, wearing our uniform and hijab,” she added.

Muslims account for 140 million of India's 1.1 billion people, the world's third-largest Islamic population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.

While hijab is an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, the majority of Muslim scholars agree that a woman is not obliged to wear the face veil.

Scholars believe it is up to women to decide whether to take on the veil or burqa, a loose outfit covering the whole body from head to toe and wore by some Muslim women.

Illiteracy Rate

Pointing to an increasing illiteracy rate among women, activists warned that the move to ban burqa might end up forcing Muslim students to quit education.“The greatest fear is that if Muslim women are not allowed to wear the hijab or burqa, they will stop going to colleges,” said Manorama, the president of the National Alliance of Women.

“Already the literacy rate is low among women and this step will pull it down further. Whether covered full or half, women getting education is more important," he added.

"Maybe in the long run, they will shun it on their own, but nobody has the right to impose such a rule."

A large Muslim minority in Hindu-majority India has long complained of being discriminated against in all walks of life.

Muslims complain of decades of social and economic neglect and oppression.Official figures reveal Muslims log lower educational levels and higher unemployment rates than the Hindu majority and other minorities like Christians and Sikhs.They account for less than seven percent of public service employees, only five percent of railways workers, around four percent of banking employees and there are only 29,000 Muslims in India's 1.3 million-strong military.
A 2006 report, known as the Sachar Committee report, looked into the socio-economic and educational backwardness of Muslims in the country and suggested various remedial measures.

The recommendations included setting up educational facilities, modernization of madrasahs, creation of job opportunities and steps to increase the community's representation in public services.

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We must stop this right here

We really need to give a full force united answer to this cheap act. This could spread across the nation for political gains. Remember we are dealing with Kufars and who are now attacking our religion.

Burqa ban in college

If you looka the dress of Nuns & Priests, the so called fathers, brothers and sisters of missionary schools, their dress does resemble a burqa and Thobe of arabs. If these priests and nuns can teach at missionary schools with a similar garb of burqa and thobe, why can't our girls study wearing burqa ? Is this not hypocrasy or double standards. These are the cheap gimmics of BJP politicians to get votes and rule the nation like the britishers did. i.e. divide and rule. Wake up you indians and don't fall prey to these politicians.

Burqa ban

Assalamu Alaikum to all Muslims:

My humble request to all the Muslims on each to EDUCATE your child/ren, both genders, boys and girls. Give education of both the worlds Religious and secular. The first Wahi came to our beloved Prophet pbuh was Iqra Bismi Rabbukal Lazi Qalaq (Read in the name of your Lord). Education is the tool of uplifting oneselves. Do not waste time. Islam and Muslims gave the world Math, science, Geography, Medicine, you name it. Leave all worldly things aside, put more efforts on education. I emphasize both Islamic and secular education. With education you can uplift yourself.

u r absolutely.the day

u r absolutely.the day muslims recognise this fact that its education that will bring a change in their lives, many lives will be transformed.deen ke saath duniya zaroori sirf ek se kaam nahi chalega.
deen ki kami hi hai jo aaj hamare naujawanon ko kuffar aur mushrik ladkiyon se shadi karne ko bura nahi samajh rahe hain. aur duniyawi taleem ki kami hame society me kamzor aur bebas kar rahi hai.do niwale kum khao magar apni aulad ki taleem ke liye paisa kharch karo.
zaroori nahi ki bade school me hi padhao,sirf ye nazar rakho ke school se aake bhi school me padhai hui cheez phir se padh kar yaad kare.
allah hum sabko taleem ki hidayat de .ameen.

That should not exist anymore

Please remove that college from the planet, it should no longer exist, please burn it down to ashes.. How dare they take that step. The occupiers of muslim country must leave this country at once.

take a legal step

And if they break their oaths after their treaty and defame your religion, then fight the leaders of disbelief, for indeed, there are no oaths [sacred] to them; [fight them that] they might cease.9:12
Would you not fight a people who broke their oaths and determined to expel the Messenger, and they had begun [the attack upon] you the first time? Do you fear them? But Allah has more right that you should fear Him, if you are [truly] believers.9:13

legal step

we ought to fear only allah. per the instructions in the quran thanks for the timely comment

Norrow Minded People

We must defend our Mulism code and dignity. Every society has their code why these narrow minded people objects or ban such codes.

burqa ban karo boley so

burqa ban karo boley so waley phodo, kaisey muslim hai rey manglore key, news nation wide kaisey pahlaye, wahin boley so waley ki phodkey rakhna tha. saley key college sey muslim ladkey aur ladkiyon ku dusrey college mey liyo bolo admission next academic year mey. sala zillat aur bankrupatacy sey pareshan hokey phansi dalleyna uney.

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