December 8, 2022

Hijab protests flare up across Karnataka, 50 schools see boycott | India News – Times of India

BENGALURU/MANGALURU: Karnataka witnessed protests by Muslim girl students and some parents in about 50 government high schools in different parts of the state. They wanted to be allowed to attend classes wearing hijabs.
High schools reopened across the state on Monday and there were few protests on the first day. The state government has stepped up police security as pre-university colleges, shut due to violent protests last week over wearing of hijab inside classrooms, will open on Wednesday.
Across the state on Tuesday, 13 girl students boycotted the SSLC preparatory examination for not being allowed to wear the hijab and enter classrooms, and over 500 students boycotted classes.
Barring seven colleges in Udupi and Kundapur, most private and government PU colleges seemed unaffected by the hijab-versus-saffron-shawl controversy in the coastal districts. Dakshin Kannada, otherwise perceived as a communally sensitive district, has managed to keep the PU colleges calm and the controversy at bay. Principals of various colleges are hoping that classes will start without a hitch on Wednesday.
More than 160 students boycotted classes in Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru districts alone where Muslim girls study in large numbers. “We have grown up wearing the hijab since our childhood and we cannot give it up. I won’t write the exam but go home,” a hijab-wearing girl told the teacher when they asked her to remove her headscarf.
Several videos of angry parents arguing with school authorities and police over alleged denial of entry to classrooms while wearing the hijab went viral. This was reported from several government schools.

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