Staff, students asked to remove hijab at gates as Karnataka schools reopen

New Delhi, February 14 (KMS): As high schools reopened in Karnataka, today, tweets from across the state have surfaced, showing students and teachers being forced to remove their burqas and hijabs.

All educational institutions in Karnataka had been shut since last Wednesday, after a pre-university college’s decision to bar girl students in hijabs from entering the classroom led to protests and counter-agitations across the state, and later, India.

On Monday, high schools were reopened amidst Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code imposed in areas of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Bengaluru. In places, enforcement of this order led to scenes that were captured on video.

The news agency, ANI, has tweeted a video purportedly showing a teacher asking students to remove their hijab before entering the school in Mandya town of Mandya district.

An altercation is seen, in which, according to ANI, a parent is heard requesting the teacher to allow students into the classroom so that they can take their hijab off after that. “But they are not allowing entry with hijab,” the parent purportedly says.

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