THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, May 16 -- The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a constituent of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, on Wednesday asked the Muslim Educational Society (MES) to withdraw its circular banning face-covering veils (hijaab) on its campuses.

In a statement, IUML chief Panakkad Hyderali Thangal said it was a student's individual choice to cover the face or not and it was not proper to ban it. He said covering the face was part of the religion and it was the duty of religious scholars to take a decision on this. He asked the MES to withdraw its circular immediately.

Two weeks ago, the MES had issued a circular citing a recent Kerala high court order to ban the hijaab, which covers the face of women, in all its instituti...