When Muslims wanted to impose Sharia in several Nigerian states, they assured the world and their non-Muslim countrymen that it would not impinge on non-Muslims. Of course, that has already proven false in Nigeria — and this story is a small indication that it is false elsewhere as well. Good thing the prof was suspended; he should be fired. From the BBC, with thanks to Twostellas:
A university lecturer in Bangladesh has been banned from taking classes after asking female students to wear burqas, or traditional veils.
Dr Obaidur Rahman, of Jahangirnagar University in Dhaka, admitted asking the women, irrespective of their religious status, to wear the veils.
He now faces a detailed investigation into other allegations of misconduct.
Several student bodies have demonstrated on the campus demanding his immediate removal.
According to students, Dr Rahman, an assistant professor in the physics department, threatened not to take classes on atomic physics if his instructions were not fully respected.
The instruction sparked widespread resentment among students at the university.
Dr Rahman, who returned to Bangladesh several months ago after completing his doctoral studies in Germany, admitted to senior faculty members he had made the request.
The department chairman, Professor Mir Akramuzzman, said: “Now he has been relieved from taking classes. We have also asked the university authority to initiate an investigation into other allegations against him.”
Dr Rahman was also accused of assigning all of his students, including those who are Hindu, to write an essay glorifying the virtues of Allah.
The teacher said he withdrew the original tutorial and asked his students to write something related to physics instead.
“I have no political beliefs – but it’s my personal view that female students should wear the burqa,” Dr Rahman told the BBC.