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Congress revokes ‘Hijab ban’ in schools in Karnataka

Patrick D Costa

Hijab ban lifted from government schools in Karnataka Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the lifting of the ban on Friday.

Hijab ban lifted from government schools in Karnataka Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the lifting of the ban on Friday. The news was published by the Indian Express, citing a statement by the Chief Minister of the state, Siddaramaiah.

In 2022, the BJP-ruled government banned Muslim students from wearing hijab in government schools in the state.

The decision sparked an uproar and reached the courts. Then the then BJP government in the state of Karnataka said that clothing that disturbs equality, integrity and public law and order should not be worn. Some students approached the court against this verdict. But the court also upheld this verdict.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Who wears what, who eats what, is a personal matter. Why should the government turn a blind eye to the right of the individual? He will eat what he wants to eat. He will wear what he wants to wear. I wear dhoti, some wear pants.

Who can say what? Injustice or where?
Early last year, six Muslim students of a government-run educational institution in Karnataka’s Udipi district complained that the school authorities had barred them from entering the school wearing hijabs. Students also demonstrated outside the educational institution. In protest against that protest, Hindu students took counter protest program. In various states of India including Karnataka, not only hijab, banning of Azan microphone, sale of halal meat have been issued and are being banned.

In a post on X, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah referred to the BJP and said, ‘BJP is working to divide people and society on the basis of dress and caste.

He also said that he ordered the withdrawal of the order banning hijab.

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