A Class 12 student, belonging to the Sikh community, appearing for his board exams was made to take off his turban while being frisked during an anti-cheating drive at a school in Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
The Sikh boy complained about the act to the authorities who in turn removed the assistant head of the examination centre from exam-related duties.
“I was appearing for my Class 12 exam at the school centre and I was made to take off my turban while I was entering the examination hall. I tried to resist and also complained about it to the centre head but I was told that this was the examination process prescribed by the MP education board,” the Class 12 student, in his complaint to the district authorities, said.
“This was humiliating for me and I could not perform well in the exam because of the stress that was generated,” he added.
Dhar district Tribal Development Commissioner, Brajesh Pandey, while accepting that such a complaint had been received, said, “The invigilator was checking all the students for cheating material when the complainant was asked to take off his turban. An inquiry is being conducted and statements of both the complainant and the invigilator are being recorded. Till the time the inquiry is over, the assistant head of the examination centre has been removed from exam-related duties.”
The Sikh community of the district has also made representation to the district education authorities and demanded action against the teacher who allegedly made the student remove his turban.
“We are a peace-loving community and we participate in various kinds of social activities. The Sikh community of Dhanmod has taken strong exception to the act and demands strict action against those responsible,” Dhanmod Sikh community president Jasbir Singh Hora said.
The district authorities have removed the erring teacher from exam-related duties keeping in mind the oversensitive approach of the Kamal Nath government towards Sikh-related issues.
Chief Minister Kamal Nath has been over-sensitive towards anything related to the Sikhs after the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh started raking up his alleged role during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots for scoring political points.