Head-scarf row: Collection of evidence postponed to May 20

By TwoCircles.net Staff Correspondent,

Alappuzha: The Alappuzha Chief Judicial Magistrate Court has postponed its collection of evidence in the head-scarf row to May 20. The private petition on the matter was submitted by Naseer Musliyar, the father of Nabala who was thrown out of school allegedly for wearing a head-scarf. The school authorities provided a TC on Thursday with corrections made, as demanded by Naseer Musliyar.

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Alappuzha Chief judicial Magistrate Muhammed Vaseem is looking into the matter on the petition filed by Naseer Musliyar. The petition had asked to direct the police to register case against the principal, and the magistrate decided to collect evidence directly. The collection of evidence was to be held on Wednesday but was postponed to Thursday due to the inconvenience of Naseer Musliyar. It has now again been postponed for the convenience of the magistrate.

The Believers Church English Medium School yesterday made corrections in the TC of Nabala. The school of transfer was changed from Mannanchery Government School to Mannanchery Crescent School in the TC. However, the mention of head-scarf was not reportedly changed. The school had earlier refused to make changes in the TC when requested by Nabala and her parents, but agreed when the district Collector intervened in the matter.

Meanwhile, Nabala and her lawyer Adv Najeeb were honoured in a programme organized by the Anwarssery Islamic Welfare Society t Karunagappally. A discussion related to the head-scarf issue was organized by the Al Ihsan Cultural Committee at Punnapra in which representatives of religious, social and political organizations spoke.

The head-scarf row came up when Nabala, a class 10 student, was thrown out of the Believers Church English Medium School in Alappuzha for wearing a head-scarf, and the same was mentioned in her TC also by the school authorities. The action of the school principal was strongly condemned by the political, social and religious leaders and organizations of the state. The government took prompt action and ordered for an inquiry. The inquiries conducted for the district collector and the Department of Education found fault with the principal. The state Human Rights Commission also has registered a case suo moto based on media reports.