free to wear salwar-kameez in certain schools in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Saurashtra but not in Anand.
In another instance, Shaheenben Mansuri of Anand’s Umreth taluka, had in October 2011 requested district education authorities to allow her to wear salwar-kameez to work since she had performed Haj.
But her request was refused, with authorities citing a resolution passed by the Anand district education committee which said “for all male and female vidyasahayaks and primary teachers, dress code of saree for females, trouser-shirt and kurta-pyjama for male teachers”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Upadhyay said that she has been asked by local officials and school union members whether she does not wear a saree because she has “some physical-medical problem”.
She also said that education officials have been vague or refused to engage with her on the issue of the dress code.
Reached for comment, Anand’s district primary education officer N J Vyas said he did not know about Upadhyay’s complaint and her letter to Modi.