Hijab ban creates education problems for girls, says HD Kumaraswam


Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday criticized the BJP-led government over the hijab ban, saying it would be more difficult for girls to getting an education, and by raising this issue, the BJP intends to win votes.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, the JDS leader said: “For the past few days, small organizations have been involved in politics and trying to create more problems for female students from the Muslim community. On the one hand, the BJP talks about a girl’s education policy, called “Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao” and now the concept of BJP has become “Beti Hatao” (keep the girls away), instead of “Beti Padhao ‘” Kumaraswamy said.

He further criticized Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and said he had no control over his ministers as they made vague statements. The former chief minister also urged the government to allow girls to continue wearing the hijab. the problem started. Let them follow the same tradition as before. They must follow the status quo. No need to bring in a new rule,” he added.

The Karnataka Department of Education issued a directive on Saturday that all public schools must follow the uniform dress code announced by the state government. “All public schools must follow the uniform dress code, declared by the state government. Students in private institutions must follow the dress decided by the school management,” said the Karnataka Department of Education. .

The department said that if there is no dress code for colleges under the Pre-College Department, one can wear the dress that will not affect equality, integrity and law and the order. On February 4, hijab-wearing students were reportedly denied entry to a government college in the Kundapur region of Udupi in Karnataka, amid a row over the wearing of headscarves in classrooms.

In a similar incident in the state, students at a college in Chikkamagaluru wore saffron shawls to mark their protest against hijab-wearing girls on campus. On Tuesday, many students also held a dharna on the same. The cops then entered the premises of the college and brought the situation under control.

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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2022, 2:55 PM IST


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