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Published in the 1-15 June
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Teacher triumphs in burqa battle
Milli Gazette Online
Behrampore: Susmita Mondal has won the right to wear burqa to school. The managing committee of Annandamani Girls High School in Naoda in Murshidabad said the teacher need not wear a sari, which her seniors had claimed was a school tradition. Susmita Mondal can come to school in a burqa as the dress is not offensive. She has not broken any school rule by wearing the burqa. On her first day in school on April 25, Susmita, who converted to Islam at the time of her marriage, wore a burqa and was told by senior teachers and the school administration to follow tradition by sticking to the sari. District magistrate N. Manjunatha Prasad pointed out that a Muslim woman cannot be barred from wearing a burqa. The matter should be settled across the table by the school authorities. If it is required, I can visit the school and hold a meeting with the school authorities to settle the matter amicably, he said.
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