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Jamia students allege being sent away from NCC camp because of beards

A group of 35-40 students from Jamia were taking part in a 10-day NCC camp that started on December 19 at Rohini. Students alleged that on Saturday 10 of them were asked to either leave the camp or shave their beard.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2017 13:55 IST
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A group of 35-40 students from Jamia were taking part in a 10-day NCC camp that started on December 19 at Rohini. Students alleged that on Saturday 10 of them were asked to either leave the camp or shave their beard.(Representative photo only)

A group of students from Jamia Millia Islamia, who were attending a National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp in Rohini, have alleged they were asked to leave the camp on the fifth day because they maintained beards.

A group of 35-40 students from Jamia were taking part in a 10-day NCC camp that started on December 19 at Rohini. Students alleged that on Saturday 10 of them were asked to either leave the camp or shave their beard.

The commanding officer at the NCC Rohini camp refused to comment on the matter. Other NCC officials could not be reached for a comment on the matter.

Sources, however, said that NCC has same the orders like the defence forces and therefore no beards are allowed. A source said that a case on a similar issue was taken to court in the past and the court upheld the NCC’s orders.

Students claimed that beards had never been a problem in the camps the had attended before.

“I have been with NCC for three years now and I am a junior under officer (JUO). Ten of us who had a beard were asked to shave it or leave the camp. We refused to leave without a movement order but weren’t issued one so we stayed outside the gate of the camp on Saturday night,” Dilshad Ahmad, one of the 10 students, said.

Ahmad said that on Sunday, one of the students accepted a letter issued by the NCC that he was leaving on account of discipline and NCC rules. “Only one student accepted the letter as a proof but nine others have not accepted the letter,” he said,

University vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad on Monday met the students and said he would look into the issue.

“I met the students who claimed they were asked to leave as they had a beard. But nothing of this sort has been given to them in writing. One of them showed a letter issued by NCC that said they were asked to leave over NCC rules and act. I will speak to higher officials and find out about the NCC rules to resolve this matter,” the V-C said.

First Published: Dec 26, 2017 00:22 IST