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Amid Karnataka HC banning burqa Mysuru college allows hijabs

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bengaluru: In the first disciplinary action against students seeking entry into colleges despite the interim order of the Karnataka high court banning any religious clothing like hijabs, saffron shawls or religious symbols inside educational institutes that prescribe a uniform, police on Friday lodged an FIR against about 20 students of a Tumakuru college on charges of violating prohibitory orders.

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First college in the state to priorities studies, a historical private college in Mysuru city did away its uniform rule on Friday to allow Muslim students to attend classes with the hijab. “Four students refused to attend classes without the hijab and were protesting,” said DK Srinivasa Murthy, DDPU, Mysuru. “Some organisations extended support to them. I visited the college today and held discussions with all. Meanwhile, the college announced that it is cancelling its uniform rule to allow the students to attend classes. ”

However, after this move an FIR was filed in the form of a warning by Karnataka home minister Araga Jnanendra, who has said there would be “no soft approach” anymore and directed cops to take action against those who flout the interim order. The principal of Empress College in Tumakuru, about 70 km from Bengaluru, lodged a complaint with Tumakuru City police against the students for violating prohibitory orders in the past two days.

The hijab controversy spread to more colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Friday — at Milagres College, Kallianpur, Udupi, Kavoor First Grade College in Mangaluru, and Government First Grade College in Puttur taluk, Dakshina Kannada. The Government First Grade College in Jidekallu declared a holiday after three students refused to remove their hijabs.

The students, demanding their right to attend classes wearing hijabs, were also accused of creating ruckus in the college after Muslim male students at Field Mar- shal KM Cariappa College in Madikeri, about 250km from Bengaluru, said they won’t enter the campus until girls wearing hijabs are allowed inside.

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Opposition leader Siddaramaiah urged CM Bommai to withdraw the order banning hijabs in minority institutions a day after the government issued a circular to that effect.

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