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Udupi students who had challenged hijab ban return without writing exam

The students insisted that they should be allowed to write the exam wearing hijab but the college authorities citing the High Court order denied them entry

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Press Trust of India  |  Udupi (KTK) 

Karnataka High Court
Karnataka High Court dismissed their petition saying that the hijab is not an essential religious practice and upheld the government order banning hijab

Two pre-university college from Udupi who had approached the High Court challenging the ban on hijab, returned from the exam centre on Friday as they were not allowed to write the exam wearing hijab.

The exam which began on Friday will go on till May 18. The first paper was Business Studies. Over 6.84 lakh will write the exam at 1,076 centres across the state.

The two girls-Alia and Resham- arrived in an auto-rickshaw at the exam centre wearing burqa. They insisted that they should be allowed to write the exam wearing hijab but the college authorities citing the High Court order denied them entry. Subsequently, the girls returned home.

On January 1, six girl of a college in Udupi attended a press conference held by the Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal town protesting against the college authorities denying them entry into classrooms wearing headscarves.

This was four days after they requested the principal permission to wear hijab in classes which was not allowed. Till then, students used to wear the headscarf to the campus, but entered the classroom after removing it, college principal Rudre Gowda had said.

The reason was that the Hindu girls started coming to the college wearing saffron scarves to protest the permission granted to Muslim girls to violate the college uniform.

The matter snowballed into a major controversy as it spread to other parts of the state compelling the government to shut the college for a week in February.

The girls then approached the High Court against the ban. The full bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi dismissed their petition saying that the hijab is not an essential religious practice and upheld the government order banning hijab and any cloth that could disturb peace, harmony and public order.

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First Published: Fri, April 22 2022. 12:44 IST
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