Attire restriction sparks student protest
The students of Chittagong Nursing College yesterday protested the authorities' decision to strictly enforce the institutional dress code during class time.
The agitators demanded that they should be allowed to wear "scarf" (hijab), but the authorities said it was inconsistent with the dress code and therefore not permissible.
At least 50 students putting on scarves staged the demonstration in front of the college's main entrance.
They reasoned that wearing a headscarf was one's personal choice.
Principal of the college Hosne Ara Begum however said that when a student was under an institution, she would have to abide by the rules of the institution.
The protesting students said the teachers got them out of the classroom if they wore scarves.
Eleven students were made to leave the classroom yesterday, said Maimuna Akter, a first year student of the college, which has about 400 students.
She also said, “We requested the director of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) to allow us to work in the hospital with scarf but he rejected it.”
Brig Gen Fashiur Rahman, director of CMCH, said he would not allow any nursing student to work in the hospital, who was not maintaining the dress code.
“I had a talk to the director of the Directorate of Nursing Services (DNS). He told me that the DNS would not allow any student violating the dress code."
He also said the students came to study in the nursing college after knowing about the dress code. "So why they have been so crazy to wear hijab?"