Hijab row: All concerned people should maintain peace & enable children study, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Hijab row: All concerned people should maintain peace & enable children study, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court will hear a plea on Tuesday against the hijab ban in most junior colleges in the state. With the protests gaining momentum every passing day, state Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai requested all the concerned people to keep peace and allow children to study.

“All the concerned people (in the Udupi hijab row) should maintain the peace and enable children study. The matter will be presented in High Court today (Monday), let’s wait for it,” Bommai said.

The Chief Minister urged students to adhere to the rules issued by the Karnataka government. 

The ban on wearing hijab (headgear) has been questioned in the Karnataka High Court by a number of students from government junior college in Udupi. In the plea, students said the ban violated the right to freedom of religion enshrined in Article 25 of the Constitution. 

The Karnataka Chief Minister was in Delhi on Monday to hold discussion on the expansion of his cabinet. Bommai denied to comment in the matter and said since it is in court he did not want to discuss. 

He further told reporters, “For now, the instructions on uniforms issued in the circular should be followed until the High Court decides on the issue. Exams are coming up and all students must follow the circular. Students must maintain peace.” 

The circular was issued by the state government on February 5 that virtually directed the colleges in Karnataka to maintain status quo on uniform norms for the current academic year. 

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The controversy on hijab started in January this year when six girl students of Udupi college protested a move by college authorities to restrict them from attending classes wearing hijab. The similar situation was seen in almost all the other colleges in Udupi and other districts. 

On Monday, 22-hijab wearing girls of a college in Kundapura in Udupi were allowed to enter the campus but were asked to sit in a separate classroom. They were barred from entering the college, wearing hijab, on Friday and Saturday, following which they staged protests outside the college.

Karnataka Education Minister B C Nagesh said the students were allowed to enter the college to prevent the “nuisance” created by the students’ protest on the road. 

Earlier, a group of students wore saffron shawls to college in protest against allowing hijab inside the classroom. They were restricted from entering the premises by the principal and the police personnel. 

They agreed to enter the classes by removing shawls only after the principal assured them that no hijab-wearing student would be allowed to enter.

Some students also donned blue scarves and got into a college in Chikkamagaluru, raising the slogan ‘Jai Bhim’ in front of those wearing saffron scarves. The students wore blue scarves supporting the hijab-wearing girls.

Protests were seen in various colleges of north Karnataka including in Belagavi, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, and Bagalkot.

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first published:Feb. 8, 2022, 11:29 a.m.

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