Speaking about the ongoing hijab controversy in Karnataka, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan said the issue is creating a “communal divide among innocent students”.
Karnataka hijab row news: Kamal Haasan said that Tamil Nadu “must be more careful in times like these.” (Image: PTI)
Actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan tweeted on Wednesday about the ongoing hijab row in Karnataka and said the issue is creating a “communal divide among innocent students”.
,What is happening in Karnataka is provoking unrest, It is creating a communal divide among innocent students,” Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan said.
Kamal Haasan also said that Tamil Nadu “must be more careful in times like these.”
“What is happening in the neighboring state of Karnataka should not happen in Tamil Nadu. The progressive forces in the state must be more careful in times like these,” Kamal Haasan.
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— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 9, 2022
Kamal Haasan’s comment came a day after the hijab row escalated in Karnataka with reports of protests, confrontations and lathicharge, As the tension mounted, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai ordered shutting down schools and colleges for the next three days.
Meanwhile, amid the Karnataka hijab controversy, a similar hijab issue was reported in a government school in Puducherry.
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The Karnataka Hijab Row
The controversy over hijab (headscarf) in Karnataka began on January 1, 2022, when Muslim schoolgirls at Udupi Women’s Pre-University college attended classes wearing hijab.
Since then, multiple incidents have taken place all over Karnataka where Muslim girls have come to classes wearing hijabs and Hindu students began wearing saffron shawls as a sign of protest.
Recently, the Karnataka government ordered a ban on clothes that disturb equality, integrity and public order in schools and colleges.
On Tuesday, Jai Shri Ram chants by students wearing saffron scarves were retailed to with screams of Allah hu Akbar by Muslim girls donning hijab at a college in Udupi district.
Congress, meanwhile, claimed that the Tricolor was replaced by students while hoisting a saffron flag.
As the situation turned violent, the Karnataka government decided to shut down schools for three days.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court asked people to maintain peace and calm after incidents of violence were reported from parts of the state.
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