Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (JD)
Udupi, Jan 27: The six Muslim students of Government Girls PU College here have rejected MLA and College Development Committee chairma Raghupati Bhat's offer of providing them online classes if they were adamant on Hijab. They are firm on their stand and have demanded on-campus classes wearing Hijab.
MLA Raghupati Bhat yesterday had stated that those students who want to attend classes wearing Hijab could do so virtually after the state department of education had ordered a status quo in the matter.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, January 27, the protesting students said, "Hijab is our Constitutional right. We will not attend any online classes. We are not ready to face any discrimination again in the name of online classes. We have lost classes for one month already. Online classes do not facilitate laboratory sessions or practicals. We want to attend the classes along with other students on equal grounds. Other Muslim students of the college are willing to wear Hijab but after seeing the problems we are facing they are not coming forward openly. The news reports appearing on this issue on a daily basis has scared them. Education is important for us and along with that we want our rights as well."
The six students also clarified that their only demand was permission to wear Hijab in the classes and nothing else.