June 29, 2022

karnataka: ‘Motivated comments on internal issues not welcome’: MEA on criticism over Hijab row | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The ministry of external affairs on Saturday said the hijab issue is under judicial examination by Karnataka high court and motivated comments our internal issues are not welcome.
The MEA was responding to comments by some countries on dress code in educational institutions in Karnataka.

“A matter regarding dress code in some educational institutions in Karnataka is under judicial examination by Karnataka high court. Motivated comments our internal issues aren’t welcome,” MEA official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

“Our constitutional framework, democratic ethos and polity are context in which issues are considered, resolved,” it added.
MEA’s response comes a day after the US Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) said that the hijab ban “violate religious freedom and stigmatize and marginalize women and girls.”
“Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire. The Indian state of Karnataka should not determine permissibility of religious clothing. Hijab bans in schools violate religious freedom and stigmatize and marginalize women and girls,” US Ambassador-at-Large for IRF Rashad Hussain said in a tweet.
The Karnataka high court has ruled in an interim order that all students, regardless of religion or faith, are restrained from wearing “saffron shawls (bhagwa), scarves, hijabs, religious flags within classrooms”.
The plea filed by a student has sought a stay on the direction of the high court as well as the proceedings going on before the three judge bench.
The appeal contended that the high court has sought to curtail the fundamental right of Muslim student women by not allowing them to wear the hijab.
The high court has posted the matter for Monday and also said educational institutions can resume classes.
The controversy started towards the end of December when a few women students in hijabs were denied entry into a government pre-university college in Udupi. As a counter, some Hindu students turn up wearing saffron scarves.
The row spread to other educational institutions in different parts of the state, and the protests took a violent turn at some places earlier this week, prompting the government on Tuesday to declare a three-day holiday for the institutions.

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