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Kargil girls not allowed to sit in NEET examination over Islamic dress code

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Neyaz Elahi

Kargil, May 7, CNS: The locals in Kargil town of Jammu Kashmir Monday staged a protest rally to express deep concern over the ‘criminal’ behavior meted out to candidates including girls of Kargil at the Presentation Convent School Gandhi Nagar, Jammu yesterday where they were allotted NEET center.

    The protest was organized by Imam Khomieni Memorial Trust in which hundreds of locals participated.

  According to protesters, who were carrying placards and banners the girls hailing from Kargil district were in Islamic dress code as per their cultural and religious belief. As per report they were forced to compromise on their dresses, their sleeves were torn off and the physical frisking conducted in a manner which were tantamount to physical harassment.

    Likewise it was also reported that Sikh students were forced to remove their Karas & Kirpans at the same Presentation Convent School Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. These students hadreported well in time but the NEET authorities and officials on duty harassed them and they were not allowed to sit in the exam just because they didn’t want their dresses which they adored accordance with their article of faith.

    Aga Syed Kazim Sabiri and Sheikh Bashir Shakir Vice Chairman IKMT addressed the rally at Lal Chowk and on behalf of the people of Kargil strongly condemned this criminal attitude of the NEET officials.

     “We demand action against the accused officials and we also condemn the Union and State Governments for such discriminatory policy against minority communities,” they said adding that the girls from this far flung region who travelled to Jammu to appear in the examination with dreams and aspirations in their eyes were made to return home with tears in their eyes with fear of a lost opportunity just because they didn’t compromise on their religious/cultural beliefs.