Sunday, 27 January 2013

Muslim constable not allowed to keep beard moves to supreme court

The Maharashtra government’s order to a Muslim police constable not to sport a beard, thus disregarding his plea that the order defied his fundamental right to practice religion, is now open for sustained judicial scrutiny.
On a lawsuit filed by aggrieved constable Zahiroddin Shamsoddin Bedade, who faces disciplinary action for refusing to shave, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra government and the Centre to explain their stand on whether sporting beard by a member of the uniformed force on the ground of religion’s imperative is permissible.

In July last year, the state had initiated action against Bedade, who joined the state reserve police force in 2008, for disobeying its ‘no-beard’ order. After the Bombay high court’s refusal to intervene in the matter, Bedade moved the Supreme Court, seeking protection of his right to practice religion and fulfil its obligations as guaranteed under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution.

“We did some homework and found a few high courts were against Muslim policemen sporting beards... we will examine this issue,” the court said and sought the Centre’s “reaction”.

Perturbed over the denial of admission to Muslim students for sporting moustaches, the top court had slammed a convent school in Madhya Pradesh two years ago. “There’s no reason behind this strange logic that prohibits Muslim students from sporting beards,” the apex court had said, directing Nirmala Convent High School to take back a Std X student.\

“Merely because you have a beard, they have removed you [from the rolls]? So, if you are a Sikh, you will not be able to sport a beard,” a bench of justices BN Agarwal and GS Singhvi had castigated the school and the state government.



Whats our take on this story:
The Indian Muslim Post supports the Muslim constable and our team is ready to help him in every way possible.
We urge the government to stop this kind of discrimination against the Muslims otherwise the consequences could be disastrous.


  1. dadi rakhne ka itna hi shaok he to pakistan chale jao...there are enough Hindu constables in this need of Islamic cockroaches....don't you feel shame to beg in front of Hindus for petty...

  2. the results will surely be disaster just like they r in burma where the Muslims are running with there tail in there dogs