Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Give advance notice of rule requiring candidates wearing kara(Kadu)/kirpan to be present at exam centre 1 hour before: Delhi High Court

Justice Rekha Palli has directed other recruiting agencies to give adequate notices in advance so that candidates reach the centre one hour before the reporting time and go through the procedure.

The Court was dealing with a case filed by an Amritdhari Sikh woman named Manharleen Kaur against DSSB and the examination centre which prevented her from appearing in the PGT-Economics (female) examination because she was wearing a metallic kara. She was also forced to cut the sleeves of her dress in half.

After hearing the parties, Justice Palli noted,

"It is highly
unfortunate that a specialised body like the DSSSB, which is regularly conducting examinations for selection to various posts in the public sectors in Delhi and in which examinations, a large number of Sikh candidates regularly appear, did not bother to take any timely action to inform the candidates that if they were desirous of wearing a kara and/or kirpan, they were required to reach the examination centre at least one hour before the reporting time."

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