A protest has erupted outside a college campus in Karnataka between students wearing saffron shawls and Hijab, ahead of the high court hearing.
Chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ could be heard as students protested outside college campus in Udupi as row over Hijab continues.
A protest has erupted between students wearing saffron shawls and Hijab outside a college in Karnataka ahead of the high court hearing. The students were heard chanting Jai Shri Ram slogans. The authorities are struggling to control the crowd outside the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College campus.
Speaking with India Today TV, a student said, “They have been banned from wearing hijab but some of them came to the classroom wearing hijab. If they are wearing hijab, we will also wear saffron shawls.”
Another student in a hijab said, “We have been wearing this since childhood, how can they ask us to remove it now?”
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Talking about the issue that has spread across several educational institutes in Karnataka , a student said, “They think hijab is a piece of cloth. It is not a piece of cloth. We simply cannot give up.”
On January 1, six Muslim students of a government Pre-University college in Karnataka’s Udupi were barred from attending classes wearing a hijab. The college management cited a new uniform policy behind the reason for the ban. The issue has now spilled over to other government colleges in Udupi with several students protesting against a ban on hijab.
Meanwhile, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai defended his government’s stand on the issue and said that rules regarding uniformity in schools and colleges have been mentioned in the Constitution and those will be followed.
Bommai said, “There is a rule in the constitution regarding uniformity in schools and colleges. The rules are also clearly mentioned in the Karnataka Education Act. All these rules are clear as to what’s to be followed. We have issued a notification.”
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