Hijab row: Everyone should abide by HC and gov’t order, says Karnataka CM

As the hijab issue resurfaces in Mangaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said everyone should abide by the High Court and government orders.

Stating that the issue was closed after the union meeting at Mangalore University, he asked the students to focus on education instead of getting into such issues.

“There is no need to create (again) a controversy over the hijab, the court has issued its order, all must comply with the order of the court and the government. The majority of them, about 99 99% of them are following it. The union’s resolution is also that the court order must be followed…in my opinion, education should be important for students,” Bommai said.

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Speaking to reporters here, he said: “The case was closed after a meeting yesterday. There was a meeting of the university union.

Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. P Subrahmanya Yadapadithaya said on Friday that the college will facilitate the admission of female Muslim students to other institutions if they insist on wearing the hijab in the classrooms.

The Vice-Chancellor had said that female students wearing the hijab would be counseled and an attempt would be made to convince them of the need to attend classes without the headscarf.

The hijab issue came to the fore again on Thursday as a group of Mangaluru University College students staged a protest on campus alleging that a few Muslim female students were attending classes wearing the headscarf.

On March 15, the Karnataka High Court rejected petitions filed by a group of Muslim female students seeking permission to wear the hijab in classrooms.

The three-judge panel of the tribunal consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi further noted that the school uniform prescription is only a reasonable restriction, constitutionally permitted, which the students cannot oppose.

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Following the High Court’s order, the Department of Pre-College Education has made the uniforms prescribed by the College Development Committee compulsory for Pre-College (PU) students from the 2022-23 academic year.

It also states that in the event that no uniform is prescribed by the college development committee or management, students shall wear such attire as “will maintain equality and unity, and which will not disturb the order audience”.

To a question about demands for the dismissal of textbook review committee chairman Rohith Chakratirtha, accusing him of “safronizing” textbooks, including a lesson regarding the speech of RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, and making other changes, Bommai said he would discuss them with the primary and secondary. BC Education Minister Nagesh on the developments.

“He (Nagesh) is aware of all the developments, I will talk to him and make a decision,” he added.

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