They don’t change the hijab for a cap - Newspaper Kommersant No. 13 (7458) of 01/25/2023

The leadership of the Novocherkassk Medical College (Rostov Region) expelled five Muslim students due to their refusal to change Muslim headscarves for medical headgear. The management of the educational institution considered this a violation of the internal regulations. The students, their representatives say, intend to appeal the expulsion in court if they fail to reach a compromise with the administration. The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, commenting on the situation to Kommersant, recalled that, according to the law, an educational institution has the right to independently establish requirements for students' clothing, including general appearance, color and style.

On Monday, the National Association of Russian Lawyers (NAJUR; headquartered in Kazan) announced the expulsion of five students from the medical college of Novocherkassk. The report claimed that the education of Muslim girls had been interrupted due to a refusal to remove their headscarves. At the same time, representatives of the NAJUR emphasized that for female students who are natives of Dagestan and Chechnya, the issue of observing religious norms is extremely important.

One of the expelled, Abiet Abdullayeva, told Kommersant that she and her friends went to classes in a medical headdress worn over a headscarf. But the leadership of the college demanded to "dress in uniform." “We covered ourselves (began to wear a hijab.— "b") this year,” the girl said. “In September, after the start of classes, questions began from the leadership of the college. First, the manager called us for a conversation, and then there was a preventive council three times.” Ms. Abdullayeva claims that she did not refuse to wear a headdress. “I wore a tight-fitting balaclava and a medical cap on top,” she continues. “But that didn’t sit well with the administration either. Sometimes we were not allowed to attend classes or were forced to take off our headscarves at the entrance to the building.” According to Abiet Abdullayeva, on January 16, the students were shown the expulsion order, but “they weren’t even allowed to take a picture of it.” She claims that the reason for the expulsion is definitely not a bad study: “There were difficulties only with pharmacology, but otherwise everything is fine. And the teachers treated me and other girls well. We didn't have any passes."

The leadership of the Novocherkassk Medical College stated that attending classes in hijabs is contrary to the internal regulations. “The administration of GBPOU RO NMK respects students regardless of religion, tries to create the most comfortable learning conditions,” representatives of the administration of the educational institution said. “Explanatory work was carried out with the students, during which some of them brought their clothes in line with the requirements internal rules." The rest "suffered disciplinary responsibility." Girls have the opportunity to recover if they follow the rules of the internal regulations, the college said in a statement.

“It is forbidden to wear clothes with religious attributes in the college,” Igor Shikulya, acting director of the college, said in an interview with reporters. At the same time, NAJUR draws attention to the fact that an Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin in a headscarf is placed in the college building. “The image on the icon is clear evidence that the headscarf is a unifying link for all women of different faiths in Russia,” the organization says in its appeal. secular educational institution.

NAUR President Ruslan Nagiyev believes that the leadership of the educational institution violated the constitutional rights of female students, limiting, in particular, the right to receive education. “The leadership of the educational institution required girls to wear medical headgear instead of headscarves, which is contrary to Islamic norms of women's behavior,” Ruslan Nagiyev explained to Kommersant. This practice already exists in educational institutions in other Islamic regions of the country - in Dagestan, Tatarstan. But the leadership of the college insisted on the complete rejection of headscarves. In the practice of Ruslan Nagiyev, this is not the first case of a ban on wearing a headscarf for Muslim women in Russian educational institutions: “Usually it is possible to resolve the case peacefully, but there have been cases of litigation.” According to the lawyer, the girls hope to resolve the situation peacefully, but are ready to file a lawsuit if the college leadership does not compromise.

“The legislation, in particular, Article 38 of the federal law “On Education in the Russian Federation” establishes that organizations engaged in educational activities have the right to independently establish requirements for students’ clothing, including requirements for its general appearance, color, style, types of students’ clothing , insignia, and the rules for wearing it, ”commented Kommersant on the conflict in the press service of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, which is in charge of Novocherkassk College.

Anastasia Nazarova, Rostov-on-Don; Natalya Kostarnova

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