Social Justice

Karnataka Hijab Row: Protests Continue, Polarised Response From Govts

BP World Bureau | Feb 08 2022 04:34:50 PM
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BENGALURU: Karnataka government has ordered a ban on clothes that disturb equality, integrity, and public order in schools and colleges. This has happened amidst protests against a few college's move to bar hijab-wearing Muslim girls from entering the institution campus.
Government has invoked 133 (2) of the Karnataka Education Act-1983, which has made a uniform style of clothes mandatory.
Students have to put on uniforms or dress codes recommended by the College Development Committee or the appellate committee of the administrative board of the pre-university colleges.
Congress MLA from Karnataka Kaneez Fatima slammed the Karnataka government order.
“If I can enter the assembly wearing hijab, then why aren't these girls in school or college? Hijab is our right," she said in the assembly.
BJP leader CT Ravi responded that the opposition is creating unnecessary controversy and that there should be only school uniforms.
"I appeal to students to focus on their education. Education will decide their future, not the uniform," he said.
Controversy began when Muslim schoolgirls in Udupi and Chikkamagaluru began attending classes wearing headscarf.
State Education Department had said that it will constitute a committee to formulate guidelines on uniforms.