Head-scarved Kashmiri girls disallowed to take AIPMT even as CBSE allowed Burqa


New Delhi May 1: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had allowed the candidates appearing for the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) exam to wear religious or customary dresses including ‘burqas’, some Kashmiri Students alleged that they were not allowed to appear in the test wearing head scarf.

CBSE has clearly mentioned that the candidates with Burqa had to reach the examination centre well in advance for proper frisking. All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) is the Phase-1 of NEET this year.

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The Kashmiri girls had flown to the national capital for the exam and allege that they had to take the exam without head scarf. They claimed that the treatment was disturbing and affected their performance in the exam too.

The student after assurance of anonymity said officials at her examination centre at St Xavier’s Secondary School, Delhi asked to remove her headscarf and hairclips too. The group of Kashmiri girls were asked only to use rubber bands to tie their hair.

The girls went to the extent of protesting the move but were told that these were merely requirements so that students do not take gadgets hidden in their scarves.