Exams cancelled after a scuffle over Hijab and Saffron Scarves in West Bengal school

Nitin Varma

Nitin Varma

An exam was cancelled in a West Bengal School after a group of students allegedly got into a scuffle over hijabs and saffron scarves. The incident reportedly took place at a government school in Howrah district.

An exam was cancelled in a West Bengal School after a group of students allegedly got into a scuffle over hijabs and saffron scarves. As per reports, this incident took place at a government school in the Howrah district of West Bengal. The fight took place between two groups of students – one wearing hijabs and the other wearing namabali (Saffron Scarf).

The Howrah school was conducting Class 12 pre-board exams for students. Reports have stated that after a few students appeared for the exams while wearing their hijabs, another group decided to wear saffron scarves as a sign of protest.

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A video of the scuffle allegedly went viral on social media which showed a small group of students, along with other people assembled outside the school gate wearing saffron scarves and the other group of hijab-clad students stood inside the school. Both the groups were kept apart as school authorities and Kolkata police officials.

“The students demanded they be allowed to don the scarves while writing papers for the pre-board exams of class 12 claiming that some of their batchmates had already turned up in the previous day’s exams wearing ‘hijab’,” a spokesperson told news agency PTI.

The school decided to cancel the Class 12 Pre board exams after the scuffle took place, The school management, guardians, police, local block administration and district inspector of the schools will take a decision regarding the new dates for the exams by Saturday, November 26, 2022.

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A similar incident took place in February 2022. Around 18 people had been arrested for attacking a school staff in Murshidabad after it was reported that the headmaster of the school had asked student.

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