Not only niqab, Kerela Education society also banned jeans legging and miniskirts
The Muslim Educational Society, or MES as it is popularly known, has not only banned female students and faculty on its campuses from wearing niqab- the face veil, but also jeans, leggings and miniskirts.
PA Fazal Gafoor, president of the MES, in an interview to media said there is not any reason for controversy, given the circular merely restricts female students from wearing clothing that is “unacceptable to mainstream society”. According to Gafoor, such clothing includes jeans, leggings, miniskirts, and, of course, fail veils. “We just want our students to maintain decorum in their attire,” he insisted.
Earlier, the decision to ban the face veil had invited condemnation from some Muslim groups, which accused the MES of interfering in the religious practices of students and faculty. “Managers of each MES institution will have to ensure that girl students do not come to the campus with their faces covered. They are hereby asked to include this as a rule on the campus from academic year 2019-20 ,” reads the circular issued by MES on April 19 this year.
PA Fazal Gafoor, president of the MES, said they are “least bothered about such criticism”. “We will implement our rules in our institutions. No one can interfere in that,” he added.