Karnataka Home Minister warns hijab lobby, says ‘strict action will be taken if protests continue’


Students in Karnataka’s Kodagu district staged a protest against the hijab ban&nbsp

New Delhi: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra today said that strict action will be taken if protests in favour of Hijab continue.

Saying that the overall situation is peaceful, the Home Minister said that few incidents were reported on the alleged denial of entry for girl students into schools with their headscarves and Burqa.

Everywhere students are wearing hijab till the premises and removing it while entering the campus and the state government is following the interim order passed by the High Court.

This statement from Araga Jnanendra comes after a few students of Karnataka Public School in Nellihudikeri in Kodagu district staged a protest against the hijab ban.

While Prohibitory orders under section 144 have been imposed in the vicinities of pre-university colleges and degree colleges in the Udupi district parents of students staged a protest before the Maulana Azad high school at Mallar Pakirnakatte against the authorities for forcing hijab-wearing students to sit in a separate room.

The parents said that the students must be allowed to sit in classes wearing hijabs and also told the authorities that their children will not be sent to school without headscarves.

The Hijab protests in Karnataka started in January this year when some students of Government Girls PU college in the Udupi district of the state alleged that they had been barred from attending classes.

During the protests, some students claimed they were denied entry into the college for wearing hijab.

Later, the pre-University education board had released a circular stating that students can wear only the uniform approved by the school administration and no other religious practices will be allowed in colleges.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court while hearing various pleas challenging a ban on hijab in the state issued an appeal to the student community and the public at large to maintain peace and tranquillity.

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