UP missionary school principal bars Muslim girl from wearing headscarf

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BARABANKI (UP): A day after three Muslim clerics were beaten up in a moving train in Baghpat for wearing scarves, principal of a missionary school here on Friday asked a Muslim student to remove her headscarf or take admission in an Islamic institution.
The incident was reported from Anand Bhavan School in Nagar Kotwali area, prompting the local authorities to order a probe into the matter.
“We got a complaint and we have asked the block education officer to conduct a probe. The school has been served with a notice, but it has not replied to it so far,” Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) P N Singh said.
“We have also asked the officer to visit the school and make an on-the-spot inquiry,” he said.
The student’s father Mohammad R Rizvi alleged that he had approached the school principal, Archana Thomas, with a written request to allow his daughter to wear the religious headscarf.
But the principal asked him to get his daughter admitted to an Islamic school if he could not abide by rules laid down by the school.
“It is to clarify to you that this is a minority school, but there are many communities in minority category, and one community cannot impose its rules on other communities,” Thomas reportedly told Rizvi, adding, “The school will not be able to provide an exemption to its rules”.
The principal also asked the student’s father not to “disrupt” the school’s functioning by asking unnecessary questions.
“If you face any inconvenience, you can admit your ward to an Islamic school,” she told him.

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