Udupi: The two girls who had initially petitioned the court to allow hijab inside classrooms were on Friday turned away from the examination centre of their final class 12 board test after insisting on attending the examinations wearing burqas, in yet another dramatic event in the Karnataka Hijab ban debate. Aliya Assadi and Resham had received their hall tickets and arrived at the Vidyodaya PU College in Udupi wearing burqas to sit their examinations. They tried for around 45 minutes to persuade the invigilators and the college principal, but were ultimately denied any exemption to the court ruling maintaining the state government’s ban. After then, they were spotted quietly exiting the premises without taking the tests.
The examination, which started on Friday, will go through May 18. Business Studies was the first paper. The test will be taken by around 6.84 lakh students at 1,076 locations throughout the state. The tests will be held in 1,076 locations across the state, with officers stationed at various locations to ensure that no untoward situations occur as a result of students not adhering to the dress code.
BC Nagesh, the state’s education minister, has said unequivocally that students would not be permitted to take examinations while wearing the hijab. This comes after a number of Muslim female students petitioned the Minister to enable them to take their final examinations while wearing their hijabs.
Many Muslim females who attended the exam wearing hijab stated that they would remove it within the segregated enclosure and re-wear it after the exam was completed.
“Hijab is important and so is writing and passing the exam. Our future depends on our exam results,” a Muslim girl student told reporters in Bengaluru, as per reports.
Aliya Assadi, a 17-year-old activist fighting the state’s Hijab prohibition, made a second appeal to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai last week, claiming he still had a chance “to stop our future from getting ruined”.
Aliya, a state-level Karate champion, claims that the restriction on hijab or headscarves will prevent many kids from taking the Pre-University examinations.
“You still have a chance to stop our future from getting ruined. You can make a decision to allow us to write exams wearing hijab. Please consider this. We are the future of this country,” she had tweeted.
2nd PU exams are going to start from 22nd of this month. Hon’ble CM @BSBommai you still have a chance to stop our future from getting ruined. You can make a decision to allow us to write exams wearing hijab. Please consider this.We are the future of this country.#HijabisOurRight
— Aliya Assadi (@Aliyassadi) April 13, 2022
On March 15, the Karnataka High Court denied petitions asking for permission women wear hijab in the classroom. The state prohibition was upheld by the court, which stated that wearing a headscarf “is not an important religious practise of Islam” and that the uniform dress code should be obeyed in schools where it is mandated.
Over 40 Muslim women students from Udupi, in coastal Karnataka, skipped the first pre-university exams last month, claiming that the High Court decision had injured them.
The females had previously skipped the practical exams as well.
The Supreme Court has turned down an immediate hearing on the appeals of the High Court’s decision.