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Hijab row: K’taka HC verdict today; Schools, colleges shut, prohibitory orders imposed in dists

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court will pronounce its verdict on the hijab row controversy around 10.30 AM today (March 15, 2022). Ahead of the verdict, the state authorities have ordered all schools and colleges in Dakshina Kannada district to be closed on the day even as prohibitory orders have been imposed in several places.

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External exams will happen as per schedule but internal exams of all schools and colleges have been postponed.

“We are declaring holiday for all schools and colleges for tomorrow…external examinations would be there as per schedule… but internal exams of all schools and colleges will be postponed. Issuing prohibitory orders in the entire district,” Dr Rajendra KV, Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada district said.

In view of the High Court verdict, the Kalaburagi district administration has imposed Section 144 effective from 8 pm today till 6 am on March 19. “In view of the Hijab row verdict, the district administration has imposed Sec 144 effective from 8 pm today till 6 am on March 19. All educational institutions in the district will remain closed tomorrow,” Yeshwanth V Gurukar, DC Kalaburagi said.

A similar decision has also been taken in Shivamogga. Section 144 has been imposed in the district till 21 March and all schools and colleges will remain closed on March 15.

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“All schools and colleges will remain closed on Tuesday (March 15) in Shivamogga. Section 144 has been imposed in the district till 21 March. Eight companies of KSRP, 6 companies of District Armed Reserve, 1 company of RAF have been deployed,” Shivamogga SP, BM Laxmi Prasad said.

Commissioner of Police, Kamal Pant also said that “all types of gatherings, agitations, protests, or celebrations in public places are prohibited in Bengaluru for one week from March 15 to March 21.”

The order became controversial as students in various schools were forced to remove headscarves before entering campuses. In protest, some students went home. While the case was being heard at the court, which had reserved judgment, many students in hijabs were not allowed to take the final practical exams.

Social media was flooded with multiple such instances and the row over headscarves was seen as a roadblock to education of Muslim girls.

The situation was the same in several colleges in the Udupi district.

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