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The muslim women students seem to think it is ok for them to go into the exam room to do tests so they can pass exams to better their lives in gaining some form of paid employment as a result and have the impression that the exams can be done in disguise so no teacher knows who is really doing the test & therefore open to abuse by some students in having a ‘ringin’ go in for them to do the exam.Get a life girls-Some people use religion as an excuse for abuse.

Young women arriving to take their final exams at a women’s college in Islamabad last week were shocked when they were confronted by male proctors demanding they remove their face veils for identification before being allowed to enter the examination room.

Students and teachers at Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls decried the demands as shameful mistreatment and a violation of human rights.

In many secularised parts of the world, female covering is regarded as discriminatory, oppressive and contrary to women’s rights. But in Pakistan, as in many Muslim countries, the opposite is true: veiling is regarded as a woman’s fundamental right and a private choice of religious observance.

The students in Islamabad who wore headscarves were instructed to uncover their hair, face and neck. A college teachers’ group has protested on their behalf.

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”This is nonsense,” said Tahir Mahmood, president of the Federal Government College Teachers Association, who accused the men of harassing the students.

Punjab University, which oversees exams for all of its affiliated schools, cited a lack of female inspectors to conduct identity checks and said it would investigate the incident.

”If we are not allowed to wear the full-face veil, then the male staff should not be in the examination halls,” one student complained to the Nation, an English language daily.

Hijab, or covering, is obligatory for all Muslim women, says religious scholar Kausar Firdaus, a former Pakistani parliamentarian. Many Pakistani women adhere to the mandate, using large headscarves or shawls to cover their hair, neck and upper body when outside their home.

But in Pakistan and elsewhere, some take it a step further, veiling their faces entirely to exhibit their modesty and piety. ”The level of practicing religion varies from person to person, and it is their own choice,” Ms Firdous said.

Ms Firdous served in Parliament from 2003 to 2009 and has also served in the army. She has also travelled abroad extensively, all while wearing a face veil.

If high security airports and government buildings can manage to identify women without forcing them to expose their faces to men, then colleges should also be able to manage it, she said.

Washington Post

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