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B Upendran | HENB | Bengaluru | Feb 8, 2022:: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday announced all high schools and colleges in the state will remain closed for the next three days as controversy over students wearing hijab on campus intensified, with violence reported from several districts. Hindu students are demonstrating in school and colleges at various places wearing saffron shawls to allow it or to stop hijabs in the educational institutions. There is a major escalation in Karnataka over Hijab row as protests and counter-protests have spread across the state.
This is the first time, when non-Muslim students are vehemently opposing ‘Hijab pollution’ in the educational sphere in Karnataka.
“I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of Karnataka to maintain peace and harmony. I have ordered closure of all high schools and colleges for next three days. All concerned are requested to cooperate,” Bommai tweeted.
“We’re awaiting directions from the Karnataka high court. I appeal to students to maintain peace and harmony. I’ve directed school administration to see there’re no clashes among students. Appeal to all persons concerned from outside not to make provocative statements,” Bommai was earlier quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The opposition Congress, too, had requested the Karnataka government to shut educational institutes to restore law and order. “The situation in some Karnataka educational institutions has gone so out of hand that in one case the National flag was replaced by a saffron flag. I think the affected institutions should be closed for a week to restore law and order. Teaching can continue online,” DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress president, tweeted.
The Karnataka high court, meanwhile, took up the petition challenging denial of entry to hijab-clad students in schools and colleges, observing that students indulging in violence ‘is not a good thing.’
Expressing full faith in the wisdom and virtue of the public at large, the court said it will resume hearing at 2:30pm on Wednesday.
The controversy of Hijab Row in Karnataka involved many. When Bollywood pimp Swara Bhasker and Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai supported the cause of Hijab, many in the social media protested the Islamic excesses in the Educational field all along.
In a tweet eminent Hindu interlocutor and Hindu Existence Editor, Upananda Brahmachari conveyed, “Islamists try to camouflage themselves in many ways. Hijab wearing and Namaz offering in schools and colleges are nothing but an attempt to Islamize the Educational campus under a radical design. That must be stopped. Karnataka HC must take a strong step”.
In the meanwhile Karnataka Police prohibited gatherings, agitations or protest of any type+ within the area of 200-meter radius from the gate(s) of schools, PU colleges, degree colleges or other similar educational institutions in Bengaluru city for two weeks with immediate effect.
__inputs from HT, ANI, TOI & Live Law.