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Karnataka Hijab row: Muslim students of University College submit memorandum to Dy Commissioner


Muslim students from University College in Managluru went to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday to submit a memorandum requesting that hijab be permitted in classrooms.

This came after the degree college banned hijab or a headscarf on campus on May 16.

“Nothing had happened after the court verdict, we wrote exams peacefully. But we received an unofficial note recently to attend classes without a hijab. We went to the principal, with HC’s order and tried to speak with him. He said that he was helpless. VC said the same,” said Fathima, a student.

Students of Mangalore University College on Thursday staged a protest on the campus against wearing Hijab in classrooms. The students condemned the college for failing to implement the Karnataka High Court’s order on Hijab within educational institutions.

Hijab protests in Karnataka took place in January-February 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.

Stating that wearing the hijab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution is subject to reasonable restrictions, a full bench of the Karnataka High Court on March 16 dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Muslim girls studying in pre-university colleges in Udupi seeking the right to wear hijabs in classrooms.

The Court also upheld an order issued on February 5 by the state, which suggested that wearing hijabs can be restricted in government colleges where uniforms are prescribed and ruled that “prescription of a school uniform” is a “reasonable restriction” that is “Constitutionally permissible”.


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