Sheikh Juma Bakihik Cucu, the Secretary for Education at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, says that unveiling Muslim females directly interferes with their religious freedoms enshrined in th Ugandan constitution.
The decision by a
police officer to compel a female student at Kyambogo University to remove her veil before accessing the examination
room has drawn the attention of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC.
Tuesday, a photo of a police officer compelling a
female Muslim student to unveil before accessing the examination room went viral on social media. One of the students
identified as Naswiba Nassanga
later recorded a video narrating how the officer compelled her and her friend
to drop their veils before they could be allowed into the
Nassanga, who looked disturbed, said the officer whose gender she didn’t disclose asked
them to remove both their inner and out veils leaving their heads bare. “….
Muslim girls are not allowed to enter an examination with veils. I have fallen a victim, we have been
unveiled when we are entering the paper,” Nasanga said.
She called on everyone viewing the
video to come to
their rescue, saying they were
being treated unfairly. Sheikh Juma Bakihik Cucu, the Secretary for Education at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, says that unveiling Muslim females
directly interferes with their religious freedoms enshrined in th Ugandan constitution.
that in Islam veiling is not a code of dressing but rather a way of worship.
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Sheikh Cucu says that while some people want to
associate the Muslim dress code with
criminality, there is no fact to support this perception.
“We, therefore, condemn it (unveiling) as Muslim leaders in the country. We want to engage the minister so that she can issue a statement on this matter because we cannot tolerate such kinds of
things. If it is happening in Kyambogo now, it can escalate to other universities,” he said.
Adding that, “Undressing a girl who is used to veiling her head in
public affects even performance in
the examination. To us (Muslims), the nakedness of a woman
starts from the head up to the toe.
So, the moment you unveil her you have undressed her. It is
degenerating her dignity.”
Counsel Mahmood Kakeeto, who doubles as the Secretary-General of Uganda Muslim Lawyers Association told Uganda
Radio Network that what the security operatives did at Kyambogo was very
unconstitutional and attracts
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According to Kakeeto, as Uganda Muslim Lawyers Association they are considering taking legal action
against the implicated police officer. "We are still investigating the matter. Once we get enough evidence. We shall go to court…. We have
seen some apologies but we don’t know whether those apologies are genuine,” he said.
Kakeeto explained that
they are not opposed to checking
students, but what they disagree
with is deploying male officers to check females. “They
are very free to check but if you are to check them use a female officer to check ladies. If someone does not want her hair to be seen in
public, take her somewhere private and check her and let her enter
the examination room,” he said.
vice-chancellor, Prof. Elly Katunguka has since issued a statement, saying the
police officer acted unprofessionally. “Whereas it is a policy of the
university to check all students at the entrance of the university, at the
entrances at the examination rooms and inside examination rooms, we don’t agree
with the manner in which the police officer did it,” he wrote in a letter.
Adding that, “the
police officer has been cautioned and the police leadership is handling the
matter according to their professional standards. I can promise that it will
not happen again.”