A Kerala nun was denied permission to appear for the retest of the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) after she refused to remove her veil and cross on Saturday, 25 July in Thiruvananthapuram.

The incident happened at Jawahar Central School in Kanjiramkulam, when Sister Seba arrived at the exam centre with Mother Superior of her convent on Saturday.

The incident, in which the school authorities asked the nun to remove the veil, has sparked outrage in different parts of the state.

The authorities even refused to make alternate arrangements for her to appear for the retest. 

"I requested that I may be given a separate room where I will remove the veil and cross and write the test, but that was not allowed," she said, reports The Economic Times.

The nun, who sticked to her congregation rules, is planning to appear for the test next year.

The incident comes a day after the Supreme Court refused wearing of hijab during the pre-medical retest.

"Your faith won't disappear if you appear for exam on one day without a head scarf or a purdah..It is nothing but ego...no, we are not going to interfere in such small issues," Chief Justice HL Dattu had said on Friday.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Kerala High Court had allowed two Muslim girls to wear headscarf and full-sleeve dress for the AIPMT retest. They were asked to reach the exam centre half an hour before the exam time to be frisked by a woman invigilator.