Call for strike against hijab ban receives overwhelming response in Karnataka

Bengaluru, March 17 (KMS): The strike call given by various Muslim organisations to protest against the Karnataka High Court’s verdict on hijab has received overwhelming response in the Indian state.

In Mangaluru, the Arabian Sea port and a major commercial center in Dakshina Kannada ((formerly South Canara) district of Karnataka, a majority of those involved in fish and vegetable trading are Muslims and they chose to shut their business to support the strike.

The fishing harbour in Bunder, Central Market, State Bank, APMC market and other business areas in Mangaluru wore a deserted look on Thursday. These areas usually buzz with trading of fish, vegetables and others early morning. Public also felt the heat of the bandh as they failed to get their daily fish and vegetables. A majority of chicken, mutton and beef stalls were also shut in markets of Mangaluru and other parts of Dakshina Kannada.

Ullal region in the district which is a Muslim majority area witnessed overwhelming support for the bandh. Many areas in this region wore a deserted look. The wholesale market in Kallapu which also sees traders from Kasaragod saw no activity on Thursday.

The Karnataka High Court had on Tuesday dismissed all the petitions seeking direction to the government for allowing hijab inside classrooms. The court had also stated that wearing hijab is not an essential part of Islam.

The Amir-e-Shariat of Karnataka, Maulana Sagir Ahmad Khan Rashadi, on Wednesday gave a call for a state-wide strike on Thursday, which was supported by hundreds of organisations across the state.

The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Campus Front of India (CFI) also supported the bandh call. Both the organisations maintained that the High Court verdict is against the constitutional rights of an individual.

The CFI office-bearers said that the High Court ruling is against the individual and religious rights. KMS—5H

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