The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has written to the Believers' Church English Medium School at Gurupuram in Alappuzha regarding the news report in The Hindu on May 5, 2010 titled ‘Probe into exit from school of Muslim girl over headscarf.'
The report mentioned that the school had suddenly issued a transfer certificate to a Muslim girl student who was about to go on to Class X, allegedly because she wore a headscarf to school according to her religious custom.
The letter from the Board states that the action is prima facie a violation of the Affiliation Bylaws of the Board. Before the Board takes further appropriate action, the school is directed to give its comments on the issue mentioned in the article by immediate written fax.
PTI adds: The issue assume significance as it comes a few days after the CBSE issued general guidelines to all its affiliated schools asking them to treat students sympathetically. The guidelines were issued in January after it came to light that a Chandigarh-based school had expelled a student, who allegedly committed suicide after being molested by former Haryana Director-General of Police S.P.S. Rathore.