Karnataka Hijab Row: 6 Students Test Positive For Covid, College Declares Holidays

Amid a controversy on fundamental rights following protests by few Muslim girl students in a Karnataka government college on their right to attend classes wearing a hijab, the college has been shut for five days as several students and a staff member tested positive for Covid-19. 

Six students, including one staff member has tested positive for covid-19 at the Government Girls Pre University college in Karnataka’s Udupi district, NDTV reported.

“Nearly seven people have tested positive for Coronavirus. As a precautionary measure, the college has declared holidays for students for five days. No severe cases have been reported and all are in isolation,” said District Health Officer (DHO) of Udupi, confirming it to the news channel.

The college will resume on January 26.

Since past three weeks, the government institution has been embroiled in a controversy after eight students demanded that they be allowed to wear a hijab and attend classes. A committee headed by a BJP MLA has objected to hijab being worn inside classrooms.

Udupi Deputy Director of Pre University, Maruthi Malge told NDTV, “All students are following the dress code mandate. Only these students are demanding that they be allowed to wear hijab. That disturbs the discipline.”

The issue further escalated after Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh said that wearing a hijab is the class was is indiscipline. Eight students have been protesting with placards demanding their right to wear a hijab while attending classes. 

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