Turkish academic to stand trial for insulting headscarved student

Supreme State Council rejected Aydın's appeal, finding her guilty of official misconduct and insulting the student due to her outward appearance, saying there is enough evidence against the woman.

Turkish academic to stand trial for insulting headscarved student

World Bulletin / News Desk

An academic at Karadeniz Technical University (KTÜ) who prevented a student wearing a headscarf from taking her final exam is going to stand trial for official misconduct and insulting students due to their outward appearance in the Black Sea province of Trabzon.

Nazmiye Aydın, an academic at KTÜ, did not allow Safiye Öksüz to take the final exam of a course she was teaching, claiming that Safiye Öksüz did not attend most of the classes, which is a prerequisite to take the final although Öksüz was present in most of the lectures.

Aydın, previously erased the name of Öksüz from the attendance list of a conference the student participated in while she was wearing a headscarf on April 2010 in Trabzon. The academic later removed Öksüz's name from the attendance list of the lecture she went to regularly and said that she did not have the right to take the final exam.

Öksüz then told Aydın that she had attended the classes and would seek her rights in court. The student was suspended from the university for a month after Aydın filed a petition with the discipline committee of the university, alleging that Öksüz threatened and insulted her.

Öksüz filed a lawsuit with the Trabzon Administrative Court for cancellation of her suspension and the court ruled in favor of the girl. The student also filed another lawsuit against Aydın with the charge of falsifying an official document as she claimed that the academic erased her name from the attendance list of the class.

Meanwhile, Öksüz and her friends Eda Topar and Hanife Esma Gül Şahin filed complaints with the Higher Education Board (YÖK), the Prime Ministry's Human Rights Directorate, parliamentary Human Rights Commission and the Turkish Presidency.

The KTÜ rector's office launched a probe against Aydın following the complaints about the academic and decided on a forfeiture of pay on the basis that Aydın committed religious and political thought discrimination. Aydın appealed the decision of the court and rector's office, but the Supreme State Council rejected Aydın's appeal, finding her guilty of official misconduct and insulting the student due to her outward appearance, saying there is enough evidence against the woman.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Eylül 2012, 17:32
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