Students Protests Get Hijab Ban Dropped In Karnataka Colleges
In the spirit of secularism, Karnataka government college has allowed some Muslim women students to wear a hijab, if they wish to. Earlier in the week, some women sat in a strike outside the principal’s office, protesting against control over what they wear to college and attend classes.
In the Moslem religion, some women are expected to cover themselves in a black shroud-like complete cover where only their eyes are visible and the face down is hidden. A hijab is a simpler version of a headscarf that covers the head and face leaving the eyes of women.
The government PU College in the Kundapura area of Udupi district, Karnataka, has allowed these women to even attend college from a different classroom. It is worth noting that such restrictions have been freshly imposed on women students in Afghanistan by the Taliban under the same of Islam. They have also been asked to sit in separate sections, away from male students.
The additional superintendent of Police at Udipi, ST Siddalingappa said, “The situation is under control in Kundapura, and students are being allowed to come to the colleges and the campus even if they are wearing Hijab.”
Earlier on, educational institutions had started to ban the use of the hijab in the spirit of maintaining uniformity in the educational system of conduct and dress code. However, when political parties started to take religious mileage over the controversy and decision, the ban has been dropped. A government order then had said, “Invoking 133 (2) of the Karnataka Education Act-1983, which says a uniform style of clothes has to be worn compulsorily. The private school administration can choose a uniform of their choice.” It said the students have to wear the dress chosen by the College Development Committee or the appellate committee of the administrative board of the pre-university colleges, which come under the pre-university education department.