Sikh student asked to remove turban before exam in MP
The Sikh student complained about the act to the authorities who in turn removed the assistant head of the examination centre from exam-related duties.
A class XII student belonging to the Sikh community was made to take off his turban during an anti-cheating drive before appearing for his board exam drive at the Dhanmod Government Higher Secondary School in Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
The state government has launched a probe into the matter and the teacher, who asked the student to remove his turban, has been removed from the examination duty, an official said on Tuesday.
Madhya Pradesh:Sikh student of class 12,was allegedly asked to remove his turban before entering board exam centre in Dhar, y'day.District Education Officer says,"There are directions for stringent checking.If the intention was to hurt sentiment,appropriate action will be taken". pic.twitter.com/JaFZZQ2QXW— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
The incident took place on Monday when the student was appearing for his examination at the centre set up in Dhamnod, about 55 km from the district headquarters.
The student, while talking to reporters after the incident, alleged that during the checking, a teacher asked him to remove his turban.
"I was appearing for my Class XII exam at the Dhanmod Higher Secondary School centre and I was made to take off my turban while I was entering the examination hall. I tried to resist and also complained about it to the centre head but I was told that this was the examination process prescribed by the MP education board," the class 12 student, in his complaint to the district authorities, said.
When asked about it, state Tribal Welfare Development's Deputy Commissioner Brajesh Pandey said the matter was being inquired.
"The invigilator was checking all the students for cheating material when the complainant was asked to take off his turban. An inquiry is being conducted and statements of both the complainant and the invigilator are being recorded. Till the time the inquiry is over, the assistant head of the examination centre, Mamta Chaurasia, has been removed from exam-related duties," said Pandey.