A male student sporting vermillion was denied entry into a government PU college in Karnataka’s Vijayapura district on Friday, The Indian Express reported.
Citing the Karnataka High Court’s interim order restraining all students from wearing any religious symbols within the classroom, the student was stopped at the gate, as per reports.
Some members of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal also staged a protest against the authorities of the government college following the incident.
According to the newspaper, the founder of Sri Rama Sene, Pramod Mutalik, argued that the vermillion wasn’t a religious symbol, but a part of India’s ancient cultures.
He also said that it could not be banned as per the state’s Education Department’s circular and demanded that the teachers of the college be dismissed.
Mutalik claimed that this was an “international conspiracy” in favor of the pro-Hijab movement.
Meanwhile, talking to the Indian Express, Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh said that vermillion was a “decoration” and had no connection to the circular on uniforms that were issued.
“We have not told any student to sport vermilion or flowers. It is decorative…nothing to do with the uniform circular,” he said.