Karnataka Hijab Row: Protests banned near schools, colleges in Bengaluru for 2 weeks

The single judge of the Karnataka High Court hearing the case related to Hijab ban in schools, colleges today referred the matter to a larger bench.

Karnataka Hijab Row: Protests banned near schools, colleges in Bengaluru for 2 weeks Hijab row in Karnataka (Source: Twitter/@GmAshifpf)
Anu Parthiban | Feb 9, 2022 - 4:46 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Karnataka government today issued an order prohibiting gatherings, agitations or protests near schools, colleges in Bengaluru for two weeks with immediate effect.

The order issued by the police department, Government of Karnataka stated: “Gatherings, agitations or protest of any type within the area of 200-meter radius from the gate(s) of schools, PU colleges, degree colleges or other similar educational institutions in Bengaluru city, prohibited for two weeks with immediate effect.”

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Commissioner of Police and additional district magistrate Kamal Pant in the order said, “It has been noticed that in certain parts of the state in the last few days, protest and agitation have been held in connection with strict enforcement of school, colleges uniform rules.”

“Whereas in some places these protests have led to violence, disturbing public peace and order. Since the possibility of similar agitations or protest being held in Bengaluru city cannot be ruled, it is very essential to initiate proper security measures to maintain peace and order in Bengaluru city undisturbed,” the order said.

The single judge of the Karnataka High Court hearing the case related to the Hijab ban in school-college campuses today referred the matter to the Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi with a view that the CJ may decide on constituting a larger bench to look into the case.

Since the end of December last year, students protesting against their schoolmates wearing hijab started coming to a college in Udupi wearing saffron scarves. The hijab-versus-saffron scarves issue then spread to some other institutions in other parts of the state such as Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikkaballapura, Mandya, Kalaburagi, Bagalkote, Belagavi and Vijayapura. In view of deteriorating law and order in some educational institutions, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai ordered closure of high schools and colleges for the next three days in the state.


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