Hijab Controversy at Kolkata Law College: Teacher Resigns, Sparks Uproar

Hijab Controversy at Kolkata Law College: Teacher Resigns, Sparks Uproar

Sanjida Qadar, a teacher at LJD Law College in Falta, South 24 Parganas, has resigned after being asked to refrain from wearing a hijab at work. The incident has sparked an uproar, with West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury condemning the college’s actions and questioning possible political influence.

Qadar, who has been wearing a headscarf at work since March-April, was reportedly told on May 31 that she could no longer do so. She submitted her resignation on June 5, citing offense to her values and religious sentiments. The college administration initially claimed a misunderstanding but later clarified that there was no prohibition on religious attire.

According to College governing body chairman Gopal Das, ‘There was no directive or prohibition, and the college authorities respect the religious sentiments of everyone.’ He added that Qadar will resume classes on Tuesday after prolonged discussions with the administration.

Qadar, however, stated that she would analyze her next steps before making a decision. According to PTI sources, the email she received from the office allows her to wear a dupatta or scarf to cover her head during classes.

The incident has highlighted concerns about religious freedom and the rights of women in educational institutions. Minister Chowdhury has urged the college governing body president to apologize to Qadar and has questioned whether the college acted under the influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The issue is expected to continue to generate discussion and debate.

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