The Delhi Public School Srinagar management, on Monday, issued a statement of apology for unintentionally hurting the sentiments of people.
After sacking a teacher for wearing an abaya, a burqa-like garment, the management of the private school came into huge criticism. The school had asked the teacher to choose between her job and the dress as they disallowed her to wear an abaya in class.
The matter was then raised by the PDP-BJP government and the Education Minister Naeem Akhtar in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. “India is a multi-religious, multi-cultural set-up. We have a secular fabric. No force on any such issue will be accepted. We are not France or any other country," Akhtar said.
The students soon joined the protest against the decision made by their school. They considered the incident as an act of interference in the religious matters of people.
This is not the first time a happening like this has occurred. Countries like France and Belgium, in 2004 and 2011, restricted students in government schools from displaying any form of religious symbols, including veils or crosses.
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