Deputy Leader of Congress in Karnataka Assembly UT Khader requested the state government to consider allowing students to take exams wearing hijabs of the same colour as their uniform. Notably, the the Karnataka government has refused to act upon on the hijab ban even for the sake of students due to take their board exams. The government continues to turn deaf ear to the issue even after nationwide discussion.
While addressing the assembly during the ongoing legislative session, UT Khader urged Higher Education Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayana and primary Education Minister B Nagesh to consider the request and allow students to write the exam, mentioning that exams are important for girls’ future.
Congress Legislative party leader Siddaramaiah also demanded the state government allow girls to write exams. But minister for Primary Education B Nagesh replied said “we have to follow high court order”.
A bench of Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khazi on Tuesday held that the prescription of uniform is a reasonable restriction that students could not object to. It also dismissed various petitions challenging a ban on Hijab in educational institutions, saying they are without merit.
For the unversed, Hijab row had erupted in January this year when the Government PU College in Udupi allegedly restricted six girls wearing the Hijab from entering. Following this, the girls sat in protest outside college over being denied entry.
Numerous petitions have been filed against the government’s rule in the Karnataka High Court by some girls seeking permission to wear the Hijab in educational institutions.