1000+ Muslim girls wearing hijab dropped out of examination, Bengal Police Recruitment Board canceled application: Case in HC

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1000+ Muslim girls wearing hijab dropped out of examination, Bengal Police Recruitment Board canceled application: Case in HC

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West Bengal Police Recruitment Board for recruitment to the posts of constable and female constable application In which more than 1000 Muslim girls had put up photographs wearing hijab while filling the form, due to which their applications were rejected. Now after the controversy escalated in this case, the Kolkata High Court has put a stay on the police recruitment process itself.

A group of Muslim women had moved the Kolkata High Court against the decision of the Bengal Police Recruitment Board. In this case, Justice Arindam Mukherjee of Kolkata High Court, while giving an interim verdict, said that the future of recruitment will depend on the final decision of this case.

However, describing the court’s decisions as his victory, one of the petitioners related to this case, Tuhina Khatoon, termed the stay order as a ‘victory of our hopes’. Khatoon told Clarion India, “We have been preparing for this exam for a long time. But we were denied the opportunity. Now the court is listening to us and we are hopeful that we will get justice.” Lawyer Firdous Samim, representing Muslim women, said, “The Constitution allows that a Muslim girl can wear the hijab, but the notification given by the police board is against the constitutional provisions.”

It is to be mentioned that the West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) had conducted the preliminary examination for the recruitment of constables and women constables in the state police on 26 September 2021. The board had released the admit cards for the exam on 6 September. But due to various reasons more than 30,000 students were deprived of taking the exam.

In this case, the victim girls had also tried to meet CM Mamta Banerjee, but she could not do so.

Letter to the Chairman of WBPRB

In such a case, the aggrieved candidates have written a letter to the Chairman of WBPRB and asked that the rules for the candidates belonging to the Sikh community have been declared an exception, in the same way the Police Recruitment Board has demanded that the rules be made an exception.

Muslim candidates argue that wearing the hijab is a part of the faith and practices of the Muslim community in the state. “We believe that the scope of Indian democracy is large enough to accommodate all religious beliefs,” the candidates wrote in the letter.

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What are the rules of recruitment

of WBPRB Guidelines It states that the faces of the applicants should not be covered in any way in the photograph. The guidelines read, “Applicants are advised not to upload photographs of other objects in place of photograph and signature. Photograph with face/head covering, sunglasses/tinted glasses covering the eyes will not be accepted.

Photographs cropped from ‘groupies’ or ‘selfies’ will also not be allowed during the test.


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