Religious clothing can’t be forced on students

Posted: অগাষ্ট 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

The education ministry has barred the authorities of educational institutions from forcing students to wear religious clothing. A circular signed by education secretary Syed Ataur Rahman also said that legal steps would be taken if where there was any complaint that this practice was continuing, and the accuracy of the claim was confirmed by an inquiry by any office, department or board under the education ministry. Wednesday’s circular set out four directives in line with Article 28 of the constitution’s concerned with discrimination on grounds of religion. It stated that no female student can be forced to wear religious clothing or burqa (veil) in educational institutions, and it this happens it will be treated as ill-conduct on the authorities’ part. The circular also directed removal of any bar on woman’s participation in sports and cultural activities. It went on to bar taking any punitive steps against students if they opt not to wear religious clothing. The circular also mentioned that the ministry has noted the the media has published a number of reports on wearing burqa. On Aug 22, the High Court ruled that no women can be forced to wear burqa at work and educational institutions and that that they cannot be barred from taking part in culture and sports.

Source- Dhaka, Aug 25 (bdnews24.com)

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