AIPMT 2015: Nun with headgear refused entry to write exam
This must have shattered her aspirations. While many Muslim students refused to appear for the AIPMP exams due to ban on purdah, a nun who refused to remove her headgear was also barred from writing the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). Officials said that the action was in line with a Supreme Court ruling.
While talking about the shock that she experienced Sunday Seba said, â€œI was told I can’t sit for the exam in this dressâ€¦I told the officials that I can remove my veil and will put it on after they check my identityâ€.
The refusal came after a Supreme Court directive early this week refusing to restrain the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from enforcing a dress code for the AIPMT. The bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said CBSE’s ban on certain types of dresses was meant to prevent malpractices adopted by some candidates. Sister Seba came to a school to write the examination in her usual dress.
Despite her willingness to take out her veil during the checking up of her identity they refused her to write the exam. â€œBut they said that’s not possible, and I can write the exam only if I take off my head gear. I then decided to returnâ€ said the nun. She also said the person who told her this was symphatic to her condition. “He told me that he too is a Christian, but was sorry that he had to go by the rules,” added the nun.
The attitude of the officials is being criticized by Church. Bovas Mathew, official spokesperson of the Syro Malankara Church to which Seba belongs, described the incident as “really unfortunate”. “It’s really unfortunate that the central government is not doing anything to resolve this issue,” Mathew told a news agency.