Karnataka’s Govt College Bans Hijab, Use of Urdu Language, Muslim Greetings


Hijab-clad girls of Udupi college

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The Government PU college for girls in Udupi has imposed Islamophobic rules on Muslim students by banning the Hijab, the use of Urdu language and the greeting Salam.

Students stood outside classrooms in protest of the college’s decision. They also are allegedly being barred from speaking in Urdu, Arabic, and Beary languages. The Principal of the college, Rudhra Gauda refused to discuss the issue with the parents. Students mentioned that they were not being given attendance for the past three days.

According to a report by the Times of India, Gauda said, “the students can wear hijabs in the school premises but not inside the classrooms”.

He said the rule is being followed to ensure uniformity in classrooms. He added that he would hold a parent-teacher meeting on the issue.

Meanwhile, Nazeer Ahmed, the SDPI Udupi leader vowed to organise protest if the six students are not allowed to attend classes with their hijabs.


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