JD Women's College Withdraws Burqa Ban Following Protest

Muslim students in Patna (file photo).

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Patna: An alleged dry run to see if a ban on burqa in a college will work or not backfired in a big way after students of the JD Women's College held protest both outside the college and on social media calling the decision 'discriminatory' against Muslim students forcing the officials to recall the ban before it could even go into effect.

As reported, officials of the JD Women's College issued a notice stating students were ordered to follow the college dress code on each day except Saturday and no one could come to the college while wearing a burqa.

The notice, that also imposed a fine of Rs. 250 on those who were found in violation of the new dress code, was signed by both the Principal and the Proctor of the JD Women's College.

Notice by JD Women's College withdrawn after protest.

However, it did not take much long for many students to organize protests outside the college and on various social media outlets expressing their anger and frustration over the college diktat.

"We demand immediate withdrawal of the ban on burqa as this singles out Muslim girls who are required to wear burqa in public places by their religion," said a student of the college.

Alarmed by the protest and the way it caught the national attention in a matter of hours, the college issued another directive announcing the withdrawal of the ban on burqa saying the earlier announcement was due to a 'misunderstanding' and the college had no intention of imposing such ban on any student or a community.

Shyama Roy, JD Women's College principal, announcing the withdrawal on the ban, said that the whole thing was the result of 'miscommunication and misunderstanding' as the college had no intention of imposing the ban on burqa.

"Students are required to follow the dress code as set by the college but burqa ban is not one of them. The whole thing was the result of a mix-up," she said.

Many students, however, are not buying the explanation saying the ban was clearly the intention of the college because such 'mix-up' is just not possible under normal circumstances unless the administration was, at the very least, thinking about it.

"We are looking into the matter to find out what went wrong and who was responsible for this mistake," the principal said despite the fact that she was one of the two persons who signed the order.

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