Karnataka: Protest against Muslim students for wearing Hijab in classes

Karnataka: The students of a government-run college in Karnataka on Wednesday protested against the Muslim students attending classes with Hijab.

As per reports, the government degree college in Balagadi village had given in to the demand of the students with saffron scarves who had asked Muslim women not to attend classes wearing hijab.

However, the college administration has decided to allow every student to wear what they had wished to till January 10.

“We are holding a parent-teacher meeting which will be attended by the public representatives also on January 10 to sort the issue. The decision would be binding on everyone,” news agency PTI quoted Ananth Murthy, principal of the college, as saying.

In 2018, in a similar meeting where the management had intervened to resolve the issue and it was decided that no Muslim students will come to the college wearing a Hijab but can wear a scarf over the head, he said.

He added that everything was going smoothly but suddenly yesterday some of the students from the college had appeared wearing saffron scarves to protest against the Muslim women wearing hijab.

“Three years ago, a similar controversy had erupted in the college and it was decided that no one should come to the college wearing hijab but for the past few days some women are coming to the college wearing it. Hence, we had decided to come to the college wearing saffron scarves from yesterday,” the student told the news agency.

He claimed that on their request the college administration had asked the Muslim women several times not to wear hijab at the college but they still came.

Meanwhile, the students had warned that if this issue will not be addressed then we will intensify the agitation in the coming days.


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