A niqab-wearing engineering student was reportedly barred from entering a function in a school in Islamabad. The girl was invited to the event by the school’s management.
As per details, an engineering student named Farwa Munir was invited at a function in a private school, Lahore Grammar School Islamabad Branch, but upon her arrival, she was refused entry into the function for she was wearing a niqab, a Twitter user posted on Tuesday.
Engineering student Farwa Munir was invited at an event by Lahore Grammar School as a guest.
But, when she reached the school gate, they refused to let her enter because of her Niqab (veil).. WTH?
Is this Islamic Republic of Pakistan ? pic.twitter.com/UEQHDJuWNV
— Syeda Trimzi 🇵🇰 (@TrimiziiSyeda) November 7, 2018
Ye wakaye asa hua hai kya ? Mujha yakeen nahi araha asa school kasa ker sakta ?
— talal ahmad (@talalahmad143) November 9, 2018
I am also an engineer and rejected from 2 industries directly by saying thay we can not accept girla with hijab /niqab ..
— Inverted introvert (@Syriaoverpsl) November 13, 2018
This controversy caught the people’s eye on social media and was soon noticed by the Federal Minister for Human Rights, Shireen Mazari.
Yeah serioisly it touched my heart too like its too embarassing for someone and secondly they have not appologized even
— azkashaikh (@azkashaikh261) November 8, 2018
Mazari lamented the ‘shameful act’ by the school management and directed the concerned authority to look into the matter on an urgent basis.
Mazari tweeted on the matter, urging the federal education minister to take notice of the issue.
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. Prov Min of Education must take note of this incident at LGS. https://t.co/LhwXJsS1rb
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) November 13, 2018
This is not the first time such an event has happened in a country which was created in the name of Islam. Previously, a hijab-wearing girl was sacked on the second day of her job in a software house in Karachi due to her appearance.
It was the social media uproar which made the software house sack its HR manager for the act and reverse its decision.
Here is what Farwa Munir has to say about the incident: