Karnataka Hijab controversy; Govt orders closure of high schools, colleges

Ground Report | New Delhi: Karnataka Hijab controversy; Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has decided to close all high schools and colleges in the state for three days amid controversy over the hijab issue in Karnataka. The Chief Minister tweeted that he appealed to the students, teachers, school and college management and the people of the state to maintain peace and unity and cooperate with all.

Karnataka Hijab controversy

The controversy erupted after various schools and colleges in Karnataka banned the entry of the hijab. One group came wearing a hijab while the other group came wearing a saffron shawl.

Students have filed a petition in the high court against the ban on hijab in schools in Karnataka. The petition was filed by students of Udupi Women’s College, alleging violation of fundamental rights. In the petition, the students pointed out that banning the hijab was tantamount to denying them the right to freedom of religion. The government has banned the wearing of headscarves in schools and colleges in Karnataka following a spate of incidents of students wearing hijabs.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has saluted the girl by tweeting the video. Whereas former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has also expressed strong objection to this. It is seen in the video that a girl wearing a burqa is going to her college and many boys wearing saffron shawls are shouting slogans of Jayshree Ram from behind. Once, the girl even raised the slogan of Allahu Akbar in anger.

Boys waving saffron shawls were seen getting very close to the girl. Some college officials were also seen interfering.

The girl later said in an interview to the India Today news channel that many boys were from college, while many were outsiders. He told that the principal and lecturer of the college supported him. The controversy started last week at a college in Udupi, Karnataka. There was a protest against girls going to college wearing hijab and then pro-hijab and anti-hijab demonstrations started.

What is whole matter?

The matter came into the limelight when about half a dozen girl students of a pre-university government college in Udupi refused to remove the hijab. These second-year girl students took off the hijab and rejected the appeals to sit in the class.

When these girl students were not listened to, they started protesting. The matter escalated when some students came wearing saffron shawls in response to the girls’ hijab at the college in the Udupi district.

After this, the girls also tried to enter a private college wearing saffron shawls in the form of a procession. The matter kept on gaining momentum and political parties also jumped into this controversy.

On Tuesday, a standoff was also seen between two groups of students in two districts of Karnataka. The incident of stone-pelting had also come to the fore. Presently, the hearing on the Hijab controversy is going on in the Karnataka High Court.

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