Kochi: After seeing a huge controversy over the dress code for aspirants appearing for NEET 2017, comes another controversy of dress code, now in relation to the AIIMS entrance exam, which is due to be held on 28th May, 2017.
Prohibition of headgear and scarves for candidates appearing for the MBBS entrance exam as per the admit card issued by AIIMS has led to a petition being filed by Fida Fathima of Nochad in Kozhikode and three other students along with Muslim Students Federation (MSF) challenging the ban. The Kerala High Court in turn has asked the central Government and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to respond to the challenging of the ban.
The petition has been considered by the court during admission hearing.
The petition has called the prohibition ‘unconstitutional’ and stated that it cannot be protected under the power of the government to impose restriction on freedom of religion through Article 25(2)(a) of the Constitution,
The petition makes a scathing attack, calling the prohibition violative of the right to religious freedom guaranteed through Article 25,
Justifying the practice of wearing of headgears and scarves , the petitioners stated that being ardent followers of Islam, they were required to cover their bodies, except their faces, with loose outer garments in accordance with the tenets of Quoran and hadith(Religious traditions).
It is asserted by the petitioners that they are ardent believers of Islam and that they are required to cover their body, except face, with loose outer garments as per the Quran and hadith (religious traditions). They also contended that the imposition of this restriction had no link with the objectives it wanted to meet.
The petition further cited an earlier case wherein a 2016 High Court Judgment with regards to a dress code of a similar kind imposed for the All India Pre Medical Test(AIPMT) went in favour of the students, as the court upheld the religious freedom of candidates reports TOI.
Medical Dialogues team earlier reported that nationawide controversy had erupted after a young medical aspirant in Kerela was asked to remove her brazier after the metal detector beeped while scanning over her metal hooks