Karnataka: Hijab row erupts again as Muslim girls appeal against ban


The hijab controversy has revived once again in the southern state of Karnataka. Some Muslim students of the university in Mangaluru visited the office of the deputy commissioner and submitted a memorandum to him and sought permission to wear hijab in classes. Degree College on March 16 issued a ban on hijab or headscarf inside the campus.

Fatima, a student, said, “Nothing happened after the court’s decision, we had written the exam peacefully. But we recently received an unofficial note for attending classes without hijab. We were following the HC’s order.” 

“We went to the principal and tried to talk with him. He said he was helpless. The VC also said the same thing.”

Mangalore University College students protested on the campus on Thursday against wearing hijab in class. The students slammed the college for failing to implement the Karnataka High Court order on hijab within educational institutions.

Hijab protests in Karnataka took place in January-February this year, when some students of a government girls’ college in the state’s Udupi district alleged that they were barred from attending classes for wearing hijab.

During the protests, some students claimed that they were denied admission in the college for wearing the hijab. The Karnataka hijab protest soon spread to other states and the matter went to the High Court.

Holding that wearing the hijab is not a necessary religious practice in Islam and freedom of religion is subject to reasonable restrictions under Article 25 of the Constitution, a full bench of the Karnataka High Court on March 16 dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Muslims. done. Girls studying in pre-university colleges in Udupi are demanding the right to wear hijab in classes.

The court also upheld an order issued by the state on February 5, which suggested that wearing hijab may be banned in government colleges, where uniforms are prescribed.

“We are of the view that the Government has the power to issue the government order dated February 5, 2022, and no case has been made out for the same to be invalid,” the full bench said.

The court also ruled that no case has been made out to initiate disciplinary action against government college officials in Udupi for omitting girls from attending classes with hijab on.


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