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HC rules against CBSE’s anti-purdah dress code for medical entrance

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HC rules against CBSE’s anti-purdah dress code for medical entrance
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Kochi: The High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of two candidates who approached the court against the dress code imposed by CBSE for students appearing for the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) on July 25.

Two girls, hailing from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts, had challenged the dress-code alleging that it was against the requirements of their religion.

The court, while allowing the candidates to dress as per their religious instructions, clarified that the rule was applicable only to the petitioners.

The girls should appear before a woman invigilator before the examination. They should also allow the invigilator to examine them if any suspicious on their conduct arose.

The CBSC submitted that the instructions were not meant to harm anyone’s religious freedom. “They were issued to prevent copying.”

As per the instructions, girls are to wear either half sleeve shirts, T-shirts, or kurta with pants or salwar. They are not permitted to wear shoes or half shoes but are asked to wear slippers.

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