Amid the massive controversy surrounding the Karnataka hijab row, a video of a girl being stopped by a saffron scarf-clad mob has emerged.
In the video, a girl at a college can be seen being accosted by a mob chanting Jai Shri Ram. The men in the mob advanced and raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in front of the girl. The girl, in turn, chanted loudly ‘Allah-hu-Akbar’, before turning back in the face of the opposition of the mob.
Tweeting the video, actor Swara Bhaskar called the mob: “Wolves”
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Speaking to India Today, the girl said: “I was going to the college when some people accosted me and said that I can enter the premises only after removing the burqa. They were not letting me in.”
Earlier, a video had surfaced that showed a boy at a college in Shimoga climbing up a pole and hoisting a saffron flag.
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The student allegedly replaced the national flag with the saffron flag. The video goes on to show students cheering below as the flag is hoisted. A majority of the students who had gathered there were waving saffron flags or stoles.
With the Karnataka High Court hearing the case over the hijab controversy, and the faceoff between students and the government over wearing hijab, the protests have intensified further.
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WHAT OPPOSITION IS SAYING
Amid the growing protests over the hijab row, former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah urged the BJP government in the state to declare a holiday in all the schools and colleges and to conduct online classes.
Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said: “The situation in some Karnataka educational institutions has gone so out of hand that in one case the National flag was replaced by a saffron flag. I think the affected institutions should be closed for a week to restore law and order. Teaching can continue online.”
HOW GOVERNMENT IS RESPONDING
The BJP, however, alleged foul play. Speaking to India Today TV, Karnataka primary and secondary education minister BC Nagesh alleged political conspiracy behind the hijab row.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said rules regarding uniformity in schools and colleges have been mentioned in the Constitution and those will be followed.
He said, “There is a rule in the constitution regarding uniformity in schools and colleges. Clearly mentioned in the Karnataka Education Act. All these rules are clear as to what’s to be followed. We have issued a notification.”
WHAT HC IS SAYING
Hearing the matter of the hijab ban in some junior colleges, the Karnataka High Court said that it will go by the Constitution and not by emotions. The HC said, “Keep emotions away. Let’s go by facts and what the Constitution says. AG also should keep emotions aside.” Justice Krishna Dixit said, “We will go by reason, by law, not by passion or emotions. We will go by what the Constitution says. The Constitution is the Bhagavad Gita for me. I have taken the oath to abide by the Constitution. Let’s keep the emotions aside. We can’t see this happening every day.”