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Niqab-wearing female prevented to enter in school in Lahore, sparks controversy

A niqab-wearing student was allegedly prevented from entering the school in Lahore by the administration owing to her attire on Tuesday.

The incident told by a Twitter user Syeda Tirmizi,after she posted that the engineering student, Farwa Munir had been invited at an event by the private school as a guest.
However, when she reached the school’s gate, she had not been allowed to enter the premises because of her Niqab.

The news shook the Social Media users who came to know about the incident. Consequently, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari took notice of the Tweet, by urging Punjab Education Minister to take action against those responsible for the shameful act.

“Shameful. I don’t wear the niqab but I will defend everyone’s right to choose to wear it. And if we believe in freedom of choice we must respect the rights of those who choose to wear the niqab.
She urged that the Provincial Minister of Education must take note of this incident at the school.

On October 30, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) education ministry had banned entry of men to events which are meant for girls while media coverage — including on social media — will not be allowed either.

This had been directed by the K-P Elementary and Secondary Education ministry.

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