Three girls enter govt college in Udupi with hijab, students wear saffron shawls in response
On Monday morning , February 7, three students wearing hijabs walked into Kalavara Varadaraj government College in Koteshwara town of Karnataka’s Udupi district.
Upon seeing this, other students began wearing saffron shawls as a sign of protest. The principal convinced them to not wear the saffron shawls and they entered. The principal asked the girls to remove their hijabs too.
Not willing to budge, the three girls with hijabs walked out of the college.
HINDU GROUPS ‘FORCE’ BOYS TO WEAR SAFFRON SHAWLS
On Friday, Hindu groups allegedly forced boys to wear saffron shawls in pre-university college classrooms in Udupi.
The incident was reported by the Government Pre-University College in Udupi district’s Byndoor town.
According to reports, this incident took place after Muslim girls in the college removed their hijabs before entering the campus. The principal, however, intervened in the matter to stop Hindu outfits from enforcing a ‘saffron shawl campaign’.
SAFFRON SHAWLS IN MANDYA
On Monday, February 7, a large number of students in Mandya district of Karnataka turned up to college wearing saffron shawls.
In the same district, Muslim women were seen clad in burqas and protesting in support of wearing hijabs to colleges.
WHAT IS THE HIJAB CONTROVERSY?
The row over the hijab erupted in January when Muslim schoolgirls in Udupi and Chikkamagaluru began attending classes wearing the head scarf. In protest, the Hindu students came to school wearing saffron scarves around their necks.
Gradually, the issue spread to other parts of the state where Muslim girls demanded permission to attend classes wearing head scarves.
Last month, the state Education Department said that it would constitute a committee to formulate guidelines on uniforms at Pre-University (PU) colleges across the state.
State Education Minister BC Nagesh, on Sunday, said students who are unwilling to adhere to the uniform dress code are at liberty to explore other options.
“Just as rules are followed in the military, the same is to be done here (in educational institutions) as well. Options are open for those who are not willing to follow it, which they can make use of,” Nagesh told reporters in Mysuru.