Burkha ban: notice issued to college

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Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada V. Ponnuraj on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to the management of SVS College, Bantwal, for banning students from wearing burkha on the campus.

Mr. Ponnuraj has also written to the Principal Secretary, Department of Collegiate Education, recommending punitive action against the college for imposing an “unconstitutional” ban. “This issue can have ramifications on the fragile relations between different communities here,” he told presspersons.

He expressed hope that the Department of Collegiate Education and the State Government would take up the cause of ensuring the basic rights of an individual as enshrined in the Constitution.

Mr. Ponnuraj’s action follows a complaint he received on Wednesday from Aysha Ashmin (18), a first year B.Com student of SVS College who has been suspended for wearing a headscarf.

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