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Hijab row: Tensions grow in parts of Karnataka, HC hearing today

Muslim girl students protest as new government rule bans hijab in institutions

The Hijab incident in Karnataka is now spreading in other parts of the state. On February 7, a group of activists gathered outside a government school in Puducherry to protest after a Muslim girl was allegedly denied the right to wear a headscarf in class. Representatives of the Student Federation of India (SFI), Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, and DMK functionary Mohan paid a visit to the school in Ariyankuppam to inquire about the incident.

The news: Activists protesting outside the school, on the other hand, claim that the girl student has been wearing a hijab while attending lessons for the past three years and wonder why it has now become a problem.

  • As the police arrived on the scene, the protesting groups asked that the school authorities be prosecuted.
  • After activists filed complaints about the issue, the Puducherry government’s Directorate of School Education instructed the head of the Ariyankuppam Government School to conduct an investigation.
  •  Six Muslim students at a Government Pre-University College in Udupi, Karnataka, were prevented from attending lectures wearing a headscarf on January 1. The college administration justified the restriction by citing a new uniform policy.

What’s going on: The controversy has already spread to other government colleges in Udupi and other Karnataka counties, with students protesting against a hijab ban. After stone-pelting events were reported in Bagalkot on Tuesday, the protest became more violent. To clear the gathering, police had to use lathi charges, and the district was placed under section 144.

  • On February 8, the Karnataka High Court began hearing petitions seeking to enable students to join classes wearing hijabs.
  • The High Court urged students and citizens to keep the peace. The court urged people to trust the Indian Constitution, noting that only a few wicked individuals were keeping the matter alive.
  • The court stated that it has complete faith in the wisdom and virtue of the general public and hopes that this will be followed.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai has ordered schools and colleges to close for the next three days due to continuous agitation in the state.

On Wednesday, February 9, the HC will resume hearing petitions in the hijab case.

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