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Muslim Hijab: Ban on Gatherings, Near colleges in Bengaluru

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In the midst of the rising debate over Muslim hijab in Karnataka’s schools and universities, Bengaluru has imposed a two-week ban on gatherings near educational institutions. Right-wing groups have begun targeting Muslim girls in the state amid protests over their right to wear a headscarf in class.

On Tuesday, when student protests extended to more colleges, stone pelting and police use of force were reported, forcing Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to declare a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in order “to maintain peace and unity.”

What is Muslim Hijab?

Islamic women who choose to wear the hijab it allows them to retain their modesty, morals and freedom of choice. They choose to cover because they believe it is liberating and allows them to avoid harassment.

Muslim Hijab


State school education minister BC Nagesh claimed that the Campus Front of India (CFI) — the student wing of the Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) — incited the Hijab row as the Karnataka High Court — which is hearing petitions filed by five women from a government college in Udupi over the Muslim hijab case — also appealed for peace.

On Tuesday, the dispute spread beyond state lines, surfacing in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry. Even though state school education minister Inder Singh Parmar claimed yesterday that he supported the muslim hijab ban and that he supported a dress code in schools, the Madhya Pradesh government confirmed on Wednesday that no plan to ban muslim hijab in educational institutions is under consideration.

V Narayanasamy, a Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Puducherry, urged to Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Wednesday to break his silence and take action against individuals interfering with minorities’ religious practices in order to safeguard religious harmony in the Union Territory.


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