Hijab row: No problem for 3 decades, girls instigated, says minister

Prime News, State (Udupi), January 21:- Minister of Primary and Secondary Education of Karnataka BC Nagesh on Friday tried to clear the air around the uniform controversy at a government college. He said that the uniform in the college has been there for over three decades and there has been no problem so far.

“Uniform in the college has been there since 1985. Till now, no problem was there. Uniformity creates a common mind. Kesari shawls are not allowed in college either. The same six girls had been OK (with the uniform) till 1.5 years ago. They have been suddenly provoked,” Nagesh said.

The issue has been going on since January 1 when six Muslim girls in Karnataka’s Udupi were barred from attending classes at a government college for wearing hijabs as it was against the uniform policies of the school.

Masood Manna, the state committee member at Campus Front of India, Karnataka, alleged that the college was discriminating on the basis of religion. “There is religious discrimination in the college. Students were barred from the college for wearing a headscarf. It’s a fundamental right. The principal of the college told CFI that this is their college and they make the rules. He also told us not to question the college authorities. We have submitted a memorandum on the matter to the district commissioner.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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