New Delhi: Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen took to Twitter to congratulate Kerala's Muslim Educational Society's move to ban the female students from wearing face-covering attires at its educational institutions.

She also tweeted about an incident back in 2014 where a professor was hacked to death by Islamists for banning full-face veils in his class in Bangladesh.

The victim, Professor Shafiul Islam, followed the folk sect Baul, popular in parts of western Bangladesh, whose members call themselves followers of humanism rather than a particular religion.

The Muslim Educational Society(MES) in Kerala on Thursday had issued a circular which read that it won't allow the female students to wear face-covering attires at its educational institutions.

The move had been slammed by several Muslim organisations.

The Kozhikode based MES was founded in 1964 and has 35 colleges and 72 schools. MES president Dr PA Fazal Gafoor released the circular banning face-covering attires in MES colleges from next academic year onwards. The circular has pointed out that the new law is based on the verdict of the Kerala high court.

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The circular says that modern dresses are unacceptable to the general public. So the college cannot accept these attires even in the name of modernity or even in the name of rituals.

However, the circular issued by the body didn’t specifically mention burqas. The circular issued by MES state president Dr Fazal Gafoor stated that the order will come into force for the 2019-2020 academic year.

It also asked all heads of institutions under the MES to mention it in the calendar that it is a law-governed institution. The circular cites the Kerala High Court judgement that said that the management had the fundamental right to establish and manage an educational institution.

MES, a non-governmental organisation established by Dr PA Abdul Gafoor in 1964 has 150 educational institutions under its control. Out of those institutions, 10 are professional colleges, 18 are arts and science colleges, 12 are higher secondary schools and 36 are CBSE schools.