Government orders status quo in Udupi college Hijab row

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (JD)

Udupi, Jan 25: The state Department of Education has ordered a status quo on the much debated Hijab row in the city's Government Girls PU College.

Six students of the Government PU College had sought permission to attend the classes practicing Hijab. The denial of permission by the college principal and administration had triggered a controversy making it a highly sensitive issue.

Udupi MLA  Raghupati Bhat and the chairman of the college development committee had written to the state government regarding the  issue and had demanded its intervention in the matter. The Pre University board has now passed an order to maintain the status quo in the issue. On the other hand, a high level committee is being created to decide upon the uniforms for the pre university college students. The government will take action based on the recommendations of the committee.

Speaking to media persons, Raghupati Bhat said, "Everyone should obey the government's order and attend the classes. Wearing a prescribed uniform is a practice followed in Udupi Government Girls PU College since 1985. Every student who secures admission in this college is aware of its rules on uniform and agrees to abide by it. As six students of the college have created a misunderstanding by seeking permission to practice Hijab, we had written to the government for necessary action," he said.

A meeting was also conducted by Raghupati Bhat with the college development committee and education service committee. In the meeting, it was decided that all the students should attend the classes by wearing prescribed uniforms alone. It had also decided to convince the parents of the agitating students against practicing Hijab in the college.





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  • Roshan Patrao, Traffic Warden, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    This incident is a shame on us, as are other such incidents that have been created to show one upmanship. It shows how cheap we Indians can be. For us our religious sentiments are more important than social development. We don't care even if corruption lingers even seven decades after Independence; illiteracy and poverty still prevail; and women are still an object of pleasure. The reason for maintaining status quo is beyond comprehension. The straightforward solution would have been following the rules laid down by the college. But our politicians are well versed in making hay when the sun shines.

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  • Ashi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Brave girls, Keep it up. Don't worry about their plans, 1st they blamed Girls not getting education, then they enter in to stop education through Hijab. If fail this, they find another way to stop. Keep going.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    The parent of the children to be punished as they are the one who wants to unrest in the society! if ever their child to be educated let them go on the street and learn . School means a disciplined place to learn and uniform is showing equality among the pupil. Those hindu or Muslim let them send their own religion schools and become a fanatic

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    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    my niece goes to christian school. students not allowed wear bindi, flowers, bangles, sacred thread so on .its ok ..lets leave everything in home, come to school to study only.. problem is, when other school says, then it turns communal..and minority/majority propaganda starts..i will follow my religion every where from admission , quota, sooryanamaskar, yoga,..but you must follow secularism ..conflicts starts here..better stop drama of fake secualrism..

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  • Wilfred Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    In the middle east, mainly sand/ desert regions, also very cold snowing regions extra caution is needed to protect the human body against extreme weather, and temperatures. There are no desert/sand storms or snow in the classrooms. Therefore prescribed uniforms should be for all the students as these institutions are funded by government resources...

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  • VINYAS RAI, Bengaluru

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Very true. School uniform must be worn by all irrespective of religion. There must be equality. In schools and educational institutions no place fir religious things must br encouraged

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  • TK, dubai

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    what makes you think they are not wearing a school uniform? they are only wearing the extra hijab as per their religious beliefs...even in sikhs some are clean shaven and don't wear pagdi or turban....other sikhs wear full turban with long beard... but both type are sikhs

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    let us assume a sikh community boy joins this college tomorrow..will the same rule be applicable to him? all over India sikhs are allowed to wear turban which even contains kirpan the small knife!!! even they are exempted from wearing helmet? why this dual policy?

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    For Sikhs already a written code on turban is already in the code, if you want equality then bat for uniform civil code. we can have something common for all.

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  • peacelover, india

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    This is part of agenda!! They started with Muslims, and next is Christians and finally all lower cast Hindus, who are supporting all these nonsense now. Lagegi aag to aayenge gher kai zad me yahan per sirf apna makan thodi hai

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    The govt order to maintain status quo is itself very ambiguous. Status quo means to carry on as before. It could mean that if someone was wearing a hijab she could continue without interference. I think this kind of reply is a very irresponsible kind of response from the deaprtment. They should have given a definite reply either yes or no, and under what conditions. This is what happens when someone pokes one's nose into someone else's private affairs

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  • Mohammed, India

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Govt orders??? Bjp govt have builded only rss shakas not govt schools.. and parents of those girls also pay taxes everytime they pay for groceries and gas, so they too have right to take decisions…

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    All the controversies get created against minorities related are found during bjp rule only

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Tue, Jan 25 2022

    Since 1947 till 2014 students of all religion went to school without any issue regarding thier dress and uniforms raised or protested. Sikhs wear turbans and carry Kirpan as thier religious symbol. Muslims wear burqas and hijab, Christian nuns wear head veil. There is nothing to do special studies and higher committee opinion here now after 75 years as long as the face is clearly visible from forehead to chin and ear to ear it can be incorporated in the uniforms of particular communities dress code if mentioned by thier religion in all govt, official and public institutions and reveal thier identity if requested by person with authority or public institution any where. More importantly this should not be a political issue but a identity verification matter.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Mr veer, One of the girls talking to the Media has said that there are Male lecturers therefore they want wear the Hijab. Now that the face can be seen by the Male lecturers, why not demand a full Burkha?. Why go for half measures? Or is it work in progress, this being the first step.

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  • peacelover, india

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    Please try to understand the difference between burqa and hijab.. Muslims were not ordered to wear burqa, instead asked to cover the head, body with a dress which should not reveal the body, or attract the opposite sex. Wearing a loose fit shalwar kameez with a scarf on head is sufficient.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Wed, Jan 26 2022

    The issue is not uniform related at all, issue is 'might is right'. Creator knows us inside out. Karma will take care of those who are having evil intentions. I hope the girls continue to study even from outside the classroom.

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