Were candidates appearing for TSPSC 2022 asked to remove mangalsutras?

A video is being widely shared on social media with the claim that Muslim students were allowed to appear for the TSPSC exam in burqa while Hindu students were asked to remove their mangalsutras and other jewelry.

By Md Mahfooz Alam  Published on  18 Oct 2022 2:09 PM GMT
Were candidates appearing for TSPSC 2022 asked to remove mangalsutras?

Hyderabad: A video is being widely shared on social media with the claim that Muslim students were allowed to appear for the TSPSC exam in burqa while Hindu students were asked to remove their mangalsutras and other jewelry.

In the video, a woman clad in a burqa can be seen see entering the exam centre, while other women can be seen removing their jewelry.

The video comes after Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) conducted the group 1 preliminary exam for a total of 503 posts on 16 October 2022.

A Facebook user shared the video and wrote, "How Hindu Women can malpractice with Bangles, Anklets, Toe rings & Mangalsutra & Muslim women can't in burqa, during Group-1 exam in Telangana? (sic)"

The video is also being widely shared on Twitter. (Click here, here, here and here to see the posts.)

Fact Check

NewMeter carefully observed the video and noticed the board of Vidyarthi Junior College, Adilabad. We reached out to a college chief superintendent, Laxam Reddy, who confirmed that Muslim students were allowed to take TSPSC 2022 exam in burqa without a veil on their face and all the students were asked to remove their jewelry. When asked whether Hindu students had to remove their mangalsutras, he asked us to talk to the Adilabad police.

We then reached out to the Adilabad police station, the officer-in-charge said they will take cognizance of the viral video but refused to give any clarification about the removal of mangalsutras.

According to ABN LIVE TV and Sakshi Education, students appearing for the exam were allowed to carry only an ID proof along with the hall ticket. Married women were given the exception of wearing their mangalsutras. Wearing shoes and mehendi and tattoos on hands and feet were also prohibited. Mobile phones, tabs, pen drives, Bluetooth, watch calculators, wallets, purses, notes, and other electronic devices were barred in the exam hall.

NewsMeter couldn't independently verify whether married women were asked to remove their mangalsutra. But we verified that the video is of the students appearing for the group 1 preliminary exam of TSPSC conducted on 16 October at Vidyarthi Junior College, Adilabad.

Claim Review:Were candidates appearing for TSPSC 2022 asked to remove mangalsutras?
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Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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