JK isn’t France: Govt on DPS’ Abaya ban


J&K isn’t France: Govt on DPS’ Abaya ban

Srinagar, June 18 (GNS): Day after students of Delhi Public School (DPS) at Athwajan held protest against their management for sacking a teacher over wearing an Abaya, the State Government on Saturday made it clear that Jammu and Kashmir is no France where veil is banned but a secular and multi-cultured State.

“We are not France… we have to accommodate each other. It (banning Abaya) cannot be done in a State (which is Muslim majority) like Jammu and Kashmir,” Education Minister, Nayeem Akhtar, said in the Legislative Assembly here. Earlier, Independent MLA from Langate, Engineer Abdul Rashid, raised the issue.

Rashid said banning of Abhayya by Delhi based educational trust in a Muslim State is condemnable and unacceptable. He said the “mindless
action amounts to be cultural aggression as wearing veil is important
for Muslim women”. He said that banning the veil is a clear attempt of
snatching religious rights and trespassing in ones faith.

The Education Minister said that the Government will contact the school management and will ascertain the truth about the whole issue. However the Minister said we live in a country where there is multi-religious, multi-cultural and secular setup and no one can be pressurized here. He expressed home that the School management would take note of the sensitivity and the Government will convey it to them.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani condemned the sacking of teacher by DPS management over wearing Abaya and said the management of the school should tender unconditional apology. He said that Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim-majority state and the consequences of objecting to Islamic dress code here could be grave. (GNS)