Hijab rocks Exam: 40 Muslim girls refrain from attending PU exams in Udupi
Hijab rocks Exam: 40 Muslim girls refrain from attending PU exams in Udupi

Mangaluru: Forty Muslim girl students from Karnataka's Udupi district refrain from attending the first pre-university exams on Tuesday, reportedly upset by a recent High Court ruling prohibiting the wearing of hijab in classrooms.

According to sources, the students opted not to take the exam without wearing the headscarf because they were offended by the March 15 order.  On March 15, the Karnataka High Court dismissed petitions requesting permission to wear hijab in the classroom, stating that the headscarf is not an essential religious practise in the Islamic religion and that the uniform dress code should be respected in educational institutions where it is mandated.

24 girl students from Kundapur, 14 from Byndoor, and two from Udupi Government Girls PU college skipped the exams on Tuesday because they are embroiled in a court battle over the wearing of hijab in classes. The girls had previously boycotted practical exams as well.

Thirteen of the twenty-eight Muslim girl students from RN Shetty PU College took the exam. Despite the fact that some students arrived at the testing centre wearing hijabs, they were denied entry.  At Bhandarkar's college in Udupi, four out of five girl students showed up for the exams, while all of the girl students at Basrur Sharada college did. Six of the eight girl students of Navunda Government PU College did not take the exams, while only two of the ten Muslim girl students did.

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