Teacher wins fight against burqa diktat

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 15:37

Kolkata: A teacher at West Bengal`s first
Muslim University, who was not allowed to hold classes after
she defied the students` union diktat to wear a burqa, has
finally won her battle following the intervention of a state
minister.

Sirin Middya, 24, was assigned to library duty at the
Aliah University on the insistence of the students` union
which objected to Sirin`s refusal to wear a burqa in class,
university sources said.

The union had issued a directive in April that the
eight women teachers must wear a burqa to class.

The university authorities, at the intervention of
West Bengal Minority Affairs Minister Abdus Sattar, have now
asked Sirin to resume classes, the sources said. However, they
have not specified when she will start teaching.

Vice-Chancellor Syed Shamsul Alam was urged to
allow Sirin to resume teaching since there was no dress code
at the university, they said.

The students union has now said that the teacher could
take classes if she is dressed `decently`.

"We have no objection to the teacher taking classes in
a decent dress," union general secretary Hasanur Zaman said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 15:37
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