Karnataka’s town tense as graffiti against hijab verdict surfaces on a wall

Bengaluru, March 18 (KMS): A tense situation prevailed in the coastal town of Malpe in Udupi district of the Indian state of Karnataka on Friday after graffiti against the hijab verdict surfaced on the wall of a building.

Graffiti was seen on the wall of a building reading “hijab is our right” and “hijab movement” in Malpe Bailakere locality in southern Indian state. The police department has beefed up security in Malpe in the wake of the incident.

On the other hand, shutdown was observed in Karnataka against the high court verdict upholding the government’s ban on headscarp/hijab in classrooms across the state. Shops and commercial establishments owned by Muslims remained closed for the entire day on Thursday. Roads and markets wore a deserted look in most of the towns across the state.

State capital Bengaluru too came under the influence of the shutdown in areas with sizable Muslim population including Commercial Street and Shivajinagar in the heart of the city. Roads and markets wore a deserted look in most of the towns across the state. Journalist Mohammed Irshad published visuals in a long Twitter thread depicting the shutdown being observed in the towns and cities across Karnataka.