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Debate rages on flowing beard for Muslim policemen

Debate rages on flowing beard for Muslim policemen

Author: IANS
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: September 17, 2002

The police here has locked horns with the West Bengal Minority Commission over the question of allowing Muslim policemen to sport a flowing beard.

The issue snowballed after a Muslim constable was suspended for refusing to shave his beard. His suspension was, however, revoked after the minority commission intervened. But far from setting the controversy at rest, the incident has sparked off a furious debate.

West Bengal Minority Commission chairman K.M. Yusuf has called for amendments to the police service rules to accommodate religious considerations. At least eight policemen have complained to the commission that they were disallowed from growing a beard. The suspension of the constable from the Murshidabad district compounded the situation and Mr Yusuf has written to the state government for a review of the relevant rules.

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