Application forms of 1,000 Muslim girls rejected in WB for uploading photos with ‘Hijab’

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) has rejected more than 30,000 application forms submitted for recruitment of constables and lady constables. This was done due to “mistakes” with their forms, which include uploading photographs with hijab or headscarves.

The applications of over 1,000 Muslim girls were rejected because they are seen wearing headscarves or hijabs in the photos that they had attached with their forms.

WBPRB guidelines say that faces of the applicants should not be covered in any way in the photos. The guidelines read: “Applicants are advised not to upload images of other objects in place of photograph and signature. The photograph with face/head covering, sunglass/tinted glasses covering the eyes will not be accepted. Photographs cropped from ‘groupies’ or ‘selfies’ shall also be disallowed during the scrutiny.”

The WBPRB is about to conduct a preliminary exam in this regard on 26 September. It has issued admit cards for the same.

The West Bengal unit of Students Islamic Organisaion of India (SIO) has written to WBPRB chairperson in connection with the rejection of application forms.

The SIO demanded that the candidates should be given appropriate time to re-upload or edit their forms. It maintained that it is Muslim women’s right to wear to hijab and this must not be treated as a reason for rejection of their forms.

”The uniform act or norms can be imposed after recruitment, not at the time of examination,” the organisation added.

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  1. The guidelines read: “Applicants are advised not to upload images of other objects in place of photograph and signature. The photograph with face/head covering, sunglass/tinted glasses covering the eyes will not be accepted. ”

    Violate rules, get rejected.
    As simple as that.

  2. Wearing the christian-scarf or muslim-hijab or sikh-turban doesn’t change the identity of the candidate . The identity is by the signature of a literate person and by the thumb impression of an illiterate person. Police department’s rejection of application on such grounds violates the lndian Constitution’s right of freedom of religious expression. Wearing hijab/ scarf/ turban is part of religion of the citizens and is modest dress code ( not a vulgar dress ) and doesn’t amount to hiding the face . All applications must be accepted as such and no need to upload photos again . Jai Samvidhan hi Jai Bharat hai.

  3. Mind it these women are supposed to be recruited in police, where much criminal acts those against the teachings of islam , they would confront. In that case how would these hijab clad muslim women do justice to their job. When you can paste photos in passport without hijab why not for this application?. You have missed the bus in the start of your journey. Sense should have been applied when you choose to do public service irrespective of religion.

  4. Write to Ms Mamta Bannerjee to make changes in the rules in order to accommodate Muslim women. After Sikhs cover their head and that’s allowed everywhere.

    • yogi bhnagi,

      India is supposed to be democratic country where the rights of all are to respected, including religious rights. Religious articles of protected under the freedom of worship, and don’t have to be removed. You hindu sh1t eaters need to read the Indian constitution, but you probably can’t read beyond 3rd grade English. If you don’t like freedom, move your kaali dirty stinky Hindu ass to North Korea.

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