Reactions to the ongoing hijab controversy in Karnataka have begun to pour in from around the world. Following the violence that erupted during the High Court hearing on Tuesday, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's reaction has also come to the fore. Stopping girls from wearing hijab to school is horrifying, she wrote on Twitter.
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Karnataka, in light of the dispute at various locations during the hearing of the case in the High Court on Tuesday, CM Basavaraj Bommai has ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges in the state for three days. The information came from the Chief Minister's official Twitter account. He pleaded with the kids and the school-college administration to keep the peace.
On the one hand, a hearing on the issue of hijab was taking place in the High Court, while on the other hand, the debate in the state's PES College was heating up. Students began shouting slogans of Jai Shri Ram wearing a saffron gamchha in protest of the arrival of a girl student wearing a hijab.
In response, the students chanted Allah Hu Akbar slogans. At the same time, female students wearing hijab began protesting in Udupi's campus. In response, students dressed in saffron gamchhas marched up to them and began shouting slogans. Following that, the college administration took control of the situation.
The debate about the hijab in Karnataka began in the city of Udupi in January. Six female students were denied admission to a pre-university college in the city because they wore hijab. This, according to the college administration, is due to dress equality. Following this, the conflict intensified in many of the state's districts. In several institutions, girls began to wear hijab, and in response, other students began to wear saffron gamchha.
Justice Krishna Dixit, who is hearing the case, stated that the court will act on the basis of reason and law rather than passion or emotion. The court went on to state that the Constitution is the Bhagavad Gita for us, and that we would do whatever it says. According to the court, just one decision would be applied to all of the applications.