Rabeeha Abdurehim, who hails from Kerala and had done her Masters course in Mass Communication also refused to accept the gold medal to express solidarity with students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act. A student of the Pondicherry University, a gold medal winner, alleged that she was prevented from attending the convocation ceremony on Monday at which President Ram Nath Kovind was the chief guest.
The student claims that she was asked by a senior police officer to leave the auditorium before the President arrived. She was allowed to visit the auditorium only after the President left. When the President left convocation was continued and there she received her degree certificate.
The student said that she does not have any real information about why she was asked by the police officer to go out. But claimed that she was stopped by security forces as she refused to remove her hijab. After her refusal, she was asked to remain seated outside the auditorium.