Karnataka Hijab row: BJP Chief says state will not allow ‘Talibanisation’

Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel speaking on hijab in classrooms in some colleges in the state said that the state government will not allow ‘Talibanisation’.

Talking to reporters he said, “There is no scope for such things (wearing Hijab in classrooms). Our government will take stringent action. People have to follow the rules and regulations of the school. We will not allow Talibanisation.”

Kateel said that children require education and bringing religion to educational institutions was not right.

“There is no scope for Hijab or any such thing in the schools. Schools are the temples of ‘Sarasvati’ (Goddess of knowledge). It is the duty of the students to learn and abide by the regulations of the school,” he said.

On Saturday, protests continued as well with Burqa-clad women in some parts of the state holding protests including the one in Kalaburagi led by Gulbarga North Congress MLA Kaneez Fathima demanding their right to wear Hijab in classrooms.

Burqa-clad Muslim students along with others held placards and banners staged demonstrations in the district headquarters town of Kalaburagi. They raised slogans of ‘We want justice’ and ‘Gundagardi Nahi Chalegi’ (Hooliganism will not be tolerated).

On February 4, 2022, the Karnataka government had asked educational institutions to follow existing uniform-related rules, until the High Court comes out with an order in regards to the Hijab row.


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