Burqa wars, in reverse, in India

By Andy Rice 30 July 2010

Several media outlets in India are running with the story of Shirin Niddya, a 24-year-old teacher who was moved out of her job after she refused to start wearing a burqa. Students at the Aliah University in Kolkata apparently demanded that woman teachers wear the burqa, as they consider the university to be a madrassah.. Seven others acceded but Niddya, just two weeks into the job, refused. So university authorities moved her to another campus, in an attempt to avoid trouble. Now she has turned to the government and promised to fight, but the students aren't backing down either. NDTV, Indian Express



While we have your attention...

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.

Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.

Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.

Constitutional Court ruling

Personal, home-based consumption of cannabis is decriminalised

By Nkateko Mabasa