India: Teacher quits job over hijab restrictions

The school has not yet accepted her resignation but Principal Vikram Pillai was quoted by local media saying they would make a decision next week.

India: Teacher quits job over hijab restrictions

The school has not yet accepted her resignation but Principal Vikram Pillai was quoted by local media saying they would make a decision next week.

14 December 2017 Thursday 18:59
India: Teacher quits job over hijab restrictions

By Azania Post Reporter

MUSLIM teacher in Mumbai has said she tried to convince her school management about burqa and hijab for six months but failed to do hence decided to quit the job.

Shabina Nazeen who taught IT at Vive English High school said she tried to make them understand about the clothing which is part of her religious belief and family tradition but did not work out and finally decided to submit resignation letter

She had been working at the school for almost three years but said she faced trouble after a new headmistress arrived.

“Earlier there was not trouble but once the headmistress joined the school in June this year, she kept on asking me to remove my burqa and hijab as it’s against the school decorum. Finally on Dec. 5, during the morning assembly session, when I went to conduct the morning prayers and the national anthem, she insisted I remove the burqa and the hijab as well,” Nazneen added.

The school has not yet accepted her resignation but Principal Vikram Pillai was quoted by local media saying they would make a decision next week.

The Indian Express daily newspaper quoted the school saying the incident was a "misunderstanding".

Adil Khatri, a trustee for Mumbai-based NGO Jai Ho Foundation, which has supported Nazneen, told Anadolu Agency they have written to the state education minister and are awaiting a reply.

“Now, I think the school authorities are under pressure. I hope proper action will be taken against such discrimination,” Khatri said.

Many in India fear there are increasing examples of such discrimination in the country, despite its moniker as the largest democracy in the world.

Human Rights Watch, in its 2016 global human rights reported, noted there had been serious cases of discrimination of intimidation of Muslims and Christians but authorities had not prosecuted those responsible.

Anadolu

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