Citing hygiene, Bengaluru college bars bearded Kashmiri students from classes


Principal bars four students from attending classes, cites ‘hygiene’

Four students from Jammu & Kashmir, who were enrolled in a nursing college in Bengaluru, were left in the lurch after the principal allegedly barred them from attending classes until they shaved their beards. Citing ‘hygiene’ as the reason, the principal, who had joined the college a little less than a month ago, informed the students that their internal marks would be affected if they failed to comply.

The alleged discrimination was faced by students of Adarsh College of Nursing in Mariyappana at Mallathahalli.

Three of the students are in the first year B.Sc. course while the fourth is in his second year. They told The Hindu that the principal summoned them and asked them to shave the beard if they wanted to be marked in their internals.

‘No problem at the time of admission’

“For the past week, we are being sent out of class on instructions from the principal for not shaving our beard. The management was fine with our beards when we filled the admission form. All of a sudden, the principal, who joined 20 days ago, asked us to shave. She barred us from entering class. The beards are a part of our faith,” said one student. ( The Hindu )