Bengaluru: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Wednesday that the overall situation is peaceful in Karnataka , with the exception of a few recorded incidences of girls being denied access to schools wearing headscarves and Burqas. In the midst of the hijab-row, schools in Karnataka reopened for classes up to standard ten."
"The overall situation is peaceful," remarked the Home Minister. There were only a few incidences reported on alleged denial of entry for girl students into schools with their headscarves and Burqa. Students wear hijab until they reach the grounds and then remove it when they enter the university."
In addition, the Karnataka Home Minister stated that the state administration is abiding by the High Court's interim decision. "If somebody breaks the order, legal action will be done," he stated. Meanwhile, in the Udupi district, prohibitive measures under section 144 have been imposed in the vicinity of pre-university colleges and degree colleges. In the state's Shivmogga and Udupi cities, several students were allegedly instructed to sit in a separate room because they refused to take exams without wearing their headscarves.
The Hijab protests in Karnataka began in January of this year, when some students at the Government Girls PU College in the state's Udupi region claimed that they had been denied access to lessons. Some students said they were denied admission to the college because they wore hijab during the rallies.