Karnataka college allows entry to students wearing hijab; to sit in separate classrooms
- Students wearing hijabs were permitted to enter college premises of the Kundapura government PU college
- They will be asked to sit in a separate classroom
- The Karnataka High court is set to hear the Hijab-related writ petition on Tuesday.
Students wearing hijabs were on Monday permitted to enter college premises of the Kundapura government PU college in Karnataka, news agency ANI reported.
The development committee of the college, however, has decided that the girls will be asked to sit in a separate classroom.
"The situation is under control in Kundapura, and students are being allowed to come to the colleges and the campus even if they are wearing Hijab. There is no law and order situation in Kundapur," ST Siddalingappa, additional superintendent of police, Udupi, said, quoted ANI.
Spokesperson from the committee, Mohandas Shenoy, said that the college had a history of more than 135 years and could not suffer disrepute due to such controversies, according to a report in Deccan Herald.
Parents also should support the college administration to fulfill its obligations. The students should stick to the uniform code prescribed by the college, he added.
The Karnataka High court is set to hear the Hijab-related writ petition on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, two persons were arrested on charges of brandishing knives during the protests in Kundapur. "Two persons have been arrested, and three others are absconding. We are trying to trace them. One of them was in possession of a knife. They are not locals, and hail from Gangolli. They have been sent to judicial custody. The case is under investigation," Siddalingappa said, reported ANI.
The hijab and the right of girls to wear the headscarf to educational institutions has become a political flashpoint in Karnataka since the incident at Government Girls PU College in Udupi where a group of students entered the college wearing saffron shawls in protest against Muslim girls wearing the hijab.
The pre-education university board had on Saturday issued a circular banning clothes which disturbed peace, harmony and, law and order in the educational institutions across the state. State Education Minister B C Nagesh said that the circular was issued for more clarification of the matter while adding that students can come to schools wearing hijab, but will have to place it in their bags inside campus.