Muslim girl students asked to leave college premises in Udupi

Mangaluru (Karnataka, India), February 25 (KMS): Trouble erupted when some girl students, wearing head scarf/hijab, were sent out of the institute premises by the college principal at the MGM College in Udupi city of the Indian state of Karnataka.

The postgraduate students, who sought entry into the college, wearing head-scarf/hijab, complained that they were not allowed to attend the classes or enter the college premises, which is in violation of the high court order.

The students said they could not appear for their examinations earlier due to the row over the head-scarf/ hijab issue.

The girl students, wearing head scarf/hijab, who came to attend degree classes, also left the campus after the order from the principal.

Meanwhile, the students of Government Pre-University College for Women, Udupi, who approached the High Court, seeking to allow them to wear head scarf/ hijab and attend classes, have appealed to the Pre-University Board to postpone their practical examinations, starting from February 28.

In their request, the students said that they could not attend classes for the last two months after they were denied entry inside classrooms for wearing headscarves and needed more time to appear for the practical examinations.

A H Almas, one of the six petitioners, told reporters in Udupi that all the six students had requested the Deputy Director of Pre-University education (DDPU) of Udupi district to consider postponing their practical examination.

“The DDPU told us that he will communicate the request to the authorities concerned in the PU board,” she said.

Aliya Assadi, another petitioner in the head scarf/ hijab case, said they have been receiving threatening and abusive calls from unknown numbers after their demand for wearing head scarf/hijab issue was politicised.

She said all petitioners in the head scarf/ hijab case are eagerly waiting for the final verdict of the High Court. “Till the court comes out with the verdict, there is no question of appearing for the practical exam without wearing head-scarf/ hijab,” she said.

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