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CISF in dock for denying youth job over tattoo mark

In two weeks’ time we have been told to place on record existing policy in regards to tattoos allowed/disallowed on personnel appointed/to be appointed with the agency: Rui Rodrigues

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    Having an 'Om' tattoo inked on his right arm proved unhelpful for an aspiring candidate, seeking full-time employment with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). After getting disqualified in the medical round, he approached the Bombay High Court challenging the same.

    A division bench, consisting of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice ZA Haq, on Thursday, directed the CISF to respond to the petition filed by Shridhar Pakhare. Advocate Rui Rodrigues, appearing for the CISF, said, "In two weeks' time we have been told to place on record existing policy in regards to tattoos allowed/disallowed on personnel appointed/to be appointed with the agency."

    Pakhare has claimed that the act of the authorities in disqualifying him is not maintainable. Further, the advertisement given out for drivers' vacancy did not mention the policy in regards to candidates having tattoos. Thus he has prayed that the order of holding him unfit be set aside and he be absorbed in service.

    Pakhare had responded to an advertisement issued last year by CISF, calling for applications for the post of constable-cum-drivers.

    Pakhare, 28, has a valid licence and three to four years' experience. After clearing the preliminary exams, he was sent for medical test.

    However, he was held unfit by the medical team as he had a tattoo inked on the outer side of the right arm. He then appealed against the order, before the appropriate authority. Pending which he approached the Apollo hospital for erasing the tattoo. The cosmetic doctors were able to clear 90 percent of the inked part and accordingly issued him a certificate. However, the same was not accepted by the authorities.

    Advocate Vijay Gharat, appearing for the petitioner, argued that at present Pakhare is undergoing further correction treatment and the inked mark would not be visible in sometime. Thus he should be considered for the job.

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