Kerala: Nun not allowed to take AIPMT test for dress code violation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 17:52 IST
A Catholic nun, Sister Seba, who refused to remove her veil and a pendant with a cross, was not allowed to appear for the re-test on Saturday in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

A Catholic nun, who refused to remove her veil and a pendant with a cross, was not allowed to appear for the retest on Saturday in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, inviting sharp criticism from the church.

Sister Seba arrived at the Jawahar Central School with the Mother Superior of her convent at least an hour before the test for the customary check. However, school authorities asked her to remove her veil and the pendant she was wearing till the examination was over.

She asked the authorities to allot her a separate room but was turned down by them who said there is no provision for her request.

"I tried to convince them, but they cited the Supreme Court order saying nothing will happen if I remove the holy dress for a day. They told me that they are forced to implement guidelines in letter and spirit," the nun said before leaving.

The Catholic Bishop Council has decried the incident saying it would take it up at the appropriate forum.

The Supreme Court on Friday had refused to allow aspirants appearing for the test to wear a hijab, saying "your faith will not disappear" if it is not worn on a particular day.

The directive came three days after the Kerala high court allowed two Muslim girls to wear a headscarf and a full-sleeve dress for the re-test, on the condition that an invigilator can frisk them if required.

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