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Jakarta Post

Headscarf `prevents' women from civil service enrolment

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Sat, November 21 2009   /  12:13 pm

The North Sumatra provincial legislative council has questioned a requirement in the civil service selection process that bans Muslim women from wearing a jilbab (headscarf) from joining the selection test. The council speaker raised the question after receiving reports regarding a resident of Kabanjahe, Karo regency, who failed to take the civil service selection test because she insisted on submitting a photograph of herself wearing a headscarf. "This is a very discriminative and counterproductive requirement. Such a requirement must not be used in the selection process," council deputy speaker Chaidir Ritonga said Thursday. He said the requirement violated the basic principles of the state ideology, Pancasila, which upholds the freedom for all citizens to observe their own religious practices. Ritonga called for the requirement to be eliminated to avoid unrest amon...