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HUSBANDS PROTEST WHEN THEIR BETTER HALVES WERE ASKED TO REMOVE MANGALSTUTRAS

By Gurpreet Kaur . 17th September 2018 05:30pm
HUSBANDS PROTEST WHEN THEIR BETTER HALVES WERE ASKED TO REMOVE MANGALSTUTRAS

Few married women had to remove their mangalsutras when pestered by the examination authorities. This happened at an examination center in Narsapur of Telangana's Medal district. Due to this act by the examination authorities, the husbands took to streets and protested. Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) had organized this exam for the recruitment of village revenue officers in 2,000 centers throughout the state. Authorities at the Little Flower School at Narsapur pressured the married women to take off their mangalsutras prior to entering the examination hall. The reason given by the authorities was that there were chances of hiding electronic devices in the magalsutras, which as against the rules of TSPSC. The women tried to convince the authorities that they could not remove the magalsutras because it would be inauspicious and is against the religious sentiments of the Hindu religion. But all their tries went in vain, and were forced to take off their mangalsutras, and hand it over to their family or friends, whoever had come to the center with them. The husbands created a chaos outside the examination center and protested against the ‘high-handed behavior’ of the authorities. Siva Kumar, whose wife was appearing for the exam said "We came all the way from Vikarabad. My wife Madhumati was forced to remove her mangalsutra before she was allowed into the hall. The authorities did not listen to her request to respect her sentiment." FEw women did not take off their manglasutras and complained to the police who were providing security at the center. After the police intervention, the rest of the women gave the exam wearing their mangalsutras. Ghanta Chakrapani, chairman TSPSC, said that no such rules had been given to the authorities. He said, "Maybe the authorities at the center didn’t understand the instructions. But none of the 290-odd married women allotted to the center was sent back. Some people tried to make it a big issue out of it." A senior police official said, "Even during the preparatory meetings with the examination officials, we told them specifically not to insist on removal of mangalsutras. Perhaps, the examination superintendent at the Narsapur center did not understand it properly." In the past too, TSPSC had come under the light for banning the shoes, wrist watches, and wallets when appearing for the exam.