Udupi, Karnataka: Since last week, six Muslims female students of Government PU College for girls in Udupi have been protesting after the college authorities issued an order to ban wearing of headscarf in the classes.
The girls are saying that it is an assault on their right to wear a headscarf.
In a video which has now gone viral, the protesting girls said that “ last year, the girls of the Science Department were coming to college wearing headscarf. But now we are not allowed to wear it. We should be allowed to wear scarf”, they said.
The girls said that for three days they have been coming to the college wearing headscarf, but they have not been allowed to enter the class and their attendance is also not recorded.
“ Therefore we are sitting outside the classes as a mark of our protest”, the girls said.
The girls said that the school authorities are asking to bring parents along to sort out the issue, but even after bringing them to the college, the authorities are not talking to them.
The girls said that they remove Burqa at the campus premises itself but wear only headscarf. But principal Rudregowda has ordered the girls to even remove the scarf.
gaurilankeshnews.com team contacted the principal for his response but he could not be reached.
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, one of the social activists has said that there is nothing wrong in wearing a headscarf. The college management should not ban wearing of headscarf, he said.
“ The college management is claiming that no girl in the past was coming to college wearing a headscarf. But it does not mean that other girls too should not wear that. It is the decision of an individual and the college should respect it”, he said.
He questioned that if wearing headscarf is banned for Muslim girls, then girls of others communities who wear Bindi on their forehead should also be banned.