Karnataka hijab row: Students chose to sit in separate room to continue protest, clarifies minister

By | February 7, 2022

Karnataka minister BC Nagesh clarified that the protesting students chose to sit separately and continue their protest. This was a reaction to earlier reports that said that girls wearing the hijab were made to sit separately and deprived of classes.

Karnataka hijab controversy: Students choose to sit in separate room to continue protest, clarifies minister

The girls opted to sit in a separate room and continue the protest, the minister clarified. (file photo)

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh took to Twitter to clarify reports about hijab-wearing girls sitting in a separate room and being denied classes. He said that it is the choice of the protesting students to sit separately and continue their protest.

Earlier reports alleged that hijab-wearing girl students were allowed entry into the premises of Government PU College in Kundapura, but would be seated in separate classes.

In his tweet, the minister said the girls protesting outside the campus were allowed inside as a courtesy. The tweet clarified that the girls were also asked to wear proper uniforms and attend classes, but they opted to sit in a separate room and continue the protest.

Minister BC Nagesh’s tweet was a response to reports that hijab-wearing girls are made to sit in separate classes and denied classes.

He cleared the air on the issue by confirming that it is the choice of the protesting students to sit aside and continue the protest. He ended his tweet by saying that the students should follow the dress code to attend the classes.

“There is no class for those who wear hijab, saffron or green shawl. If you want to enter the class and want to study, they have to follow the uniform prescribed by the institution,” the minister said.

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