Karnataka BJP MLA warns of action against students wearing hijab in educational institutions

Bangaluru, June 09 (KMS): In the Indian state of Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Puttur constituency Sanjeeva Mathandur, has warned that action will be initiated against the Muslim students who insist on wearing the hijab.

Sanjeeva Mathandur, who is also the Chairman of the Uppinangady Degree College Development Committee, in an interview claimed that in the name of hijab, communal organizations are provoking students.

He said that 24 students who insisted on the hijab were suspended on Tuesday (June 07). If the students continue to protest, the same action will be taken against them, he said.

Sanjeeva Mathandur stated that if students think that wearing hijab is more important than it is better for them to move out of college. They can get an education where there is provision for practising religion, he said.

24 girls studying in the Uppinangadi Degree College in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district were stopped from attending classes on Tuesday for insisting on wearing the hijab.

The hijab row started with the protest of 6 students of Udupi Pre-University Girl’s College and went on to become an international issue. It also sparked massive protests by the students, demanding of the authorities to allow them to attend classes wearing hijab. However, the Karnataka High Court banned the wearing of any religious clothing in the educational institutions. The petitioners have now approached the Indian Supreme Court seeking revocation of ban on hijab in the schools, colleges and universities.

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