NEW DELHI: A class X Muslim student has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of a school regulation preventing him from sporting a beard,
saying every citizen should be allowed to follow his religious beliefs.
Mohammad Salim of Nirmala Convent Higher Secondary School, a government-recognised minority institution in Madhya Pradesh, has sought quashing of the school regulation requiring students to be clean-shaven.
Challenging the Madhya Pradesh High Court verdict that dismissed his plea, Salim submitted that every citizen was entitled to follow his religious principles and that no one should restrain him from doing so in a secular country like India.
Keeping a beard is accorded high importance in Islam, the petition said.
Appearing for the student, senior advocate B A Khan said that Article 25 of the Constitution guaranteed protection to Salim to pursue his religious practice of keeping a beard and the regulation providing for shaving it off was violation of this provision.
He said the act of the principal to force the student to leave the school for keeping a beard was against "his religious conscience, belief and custom of his family".
(Indians will do everything possible to stop Muslim youth from getting any sort of education, otherwise, if a Sikh boy can have bread, why not a Muslim boy. This is a clear interference in religious affairs, which is not at all acceptable.)
Muslim student moves SC against school rule prohibiting beard - India - The Times of India