Congress Calls Hijab Ban ‘Inhuman, Unconstitutional’ As Rahul Gandhi Comes Out in Support of Girls

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Muslim students wearing hijab were denied entry into college. Siddaramaiah, the Leader of Opposition from Congress party stated that the government has not mandated uniform at pre-university levels. — Source: Twitter

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi taking cognisance of the matter said, we are robbing the future of daughters of India by letting students’ hijab come in the way of their education

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BENGALURU — While the Karnataka Congress called the denial of entry to Muslim girl students in hijab to the college as ‘inhuman and unconstitutional’, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi comes out in support of girl students and termed the move as ‘robbing the future of daughters of India’.

The hijab row in Karnataka has turned into a big controversy with many colleges denying entry to students wearing hijabs.

Karnataka Congress demanded removal of the Principal of Kundapur Pre-University College of the state’s Udupi district for denying entry to Muslim girl students in hijab to the college.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Siddaramaiah, the Leader of Opposition from Congress party stated that the government has not mandated uniform at pre-university levels.

Taking cognisance of the matter former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, we are robbing the future of daughters of India by letting students’ hijab come in the way of their education. Ma Saraswati gives knowledge to all. She doesn’t differeniate, said Rahul in a tweet.

The Principal of Kundapur College in Udupi district has closed entrance gates for the 19 Muslim students wearing hijab and stopped them from entering college. This is against the fundamental right of the citizens, Siddaramaiah said while speaking to reporters.

“An MLA Raghupathi Bhat has told the college management it seems to make uniform compulsory. Who is this fellow to make it compulsory? Besides, it is a government college. This Principal, who gets his salary from state exchequer stands at the entrance and closes the gate at the behest of BJP MLA. The principal of the college should be removed,” he said.

“To give it a political turn, BJP has making students to wear saffron shawls, this is being done deliberately to make it an issue. Why they did not come in saffron shawls all these days? Head scarves (hijab) are being worn since many years. It is a right enshrined in the constitution. Why you are trying to stop it?” Siddaramaiah asked.

“The matter has reached the High Court. Two petitions have been submitted in the court. We have to see what happens. Individually, I feel that it violates the fundamental rights of students. This intention is to prevent Muslim girls from getting education. This is a conspiracy to keep the girl students away from studies,” he said.

 

“Right to Education is a fundamental right. Right to practice religion is a fundamental right. This is very bad. The principal of the college stands near the gate and he prevents them from entering even as children cry is inhuman,” he added.

— Wih IANS inputs

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