A college student in north Kerala’s Kozhikode is planning to move the state women commission to complain against her college authorities, who allegedly didn’t allow her to attend classes for marrying a man from another religious community.
A first-year degree student at the Muslim Education Society women’s college, Neeraja was in love with 23-year-old Mohamed Rameeze and they had a court marriage under the special marriages act on Feb 1.
But when she went back to college after a week, she said, she was allegedly told she couldn’t continue her studies.
“The college authorities told me that I can’t attend classes since I married a person without the consent of my parents. They told me if I continued my education it would set a bad precedent for other girls,” she said.
When she insisted on attending her classes, college authorities said they could consider her case if she converted to Islam. But the couple took a vow to not change their religious identities after marriage.
“They are not ready to give certificates, saying those were deposited with the Calicut University. I have tried to meet the principal a couple of times,” said Rameeze.
The college denied the charges, saying she was asked to bring her parents since she missed her classes for 10 days.
“We have only asked her to bring her guardian to explain how she missed her classes for 10 days. It is part of college discipline. They are coming out with wild allegations to get undue publicity,” said a spokesman of the MES women’s college.
Rameeze said since it was a love marriage, both sets of parents are against their relation. “It is a lame excuse on the part of college authorities. They know it well that parents are against our wedding. How do they expect Neeraja’s parents to explain her absence,” he said.
Apart from the women commission, the young couple is also planning to move the state human rights commission. Neither set of parents were available for comment.