Karnataka Hijab row: Re-exam for Muslim students who missed it before HC interim order

The Karnataka government has decided to consider giving those female Muslim students who could not attend classes over the hijab row another chance to appear for practical and preparatory exams without wearing hijab.

Law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy while replying to the request by BJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat to give one more chance for students to write exams, said the government would consider allowing those who boycotted exams before the high court gave its interim order on hijab. “We’ll take a call after consulting the CM,” he said.

However, the government cannot give another chance to those who continued to skip exams after the HC’s interim order, Madhuswamy said.

“It is like defying the HC order and giving them another opportunity is not possible. This is my opinion,” he said.

Udupi BJP MLA said several students are ready to write exams without wearing hijab and the government must give them a chance and sought action against those who have been issuing statements and protesting against the Karnataka High court judgment.

Objecting to open criticism of the HC order, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar said, “If anybody feels that the HC verdict is not correct, let them appeal against it. They have the right to do so. But criticizing the verdict in the open and giving bandh calls is not correct. If we allow such things to continue, there will be anarchy in the country. The government should not allow this.”

Meanwhile, the leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has also reacted to this saying that everyone must follow the court order. “But if some people are unhappy with the judgment, they have the right to protest peacefully,” he added. 

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