Karnataka Hijab row: Schools set to open, Section 144 imposed in sensitive areas

After five days of shut down of educational institutions regarding the tensions over the hijab ban row in Karnataka, schools will reopen on Monday, while the government is yet to decide on restarting colleges.

Educational institutions were closed after tensions escalated and spread in the state since Udupi college restricted female Muslim students from wearing the hijab in classrooms.

As a precautionary measure, the Karnataka government has imposed Section 144 in sensitive areas, including Udupi, Mangaluru, and Mysuru. The prohibitory orders will are in force till February 19 near campuses, where protests and rallies of all kinds are banned around 200-meter radius of all the high schools.

On Sunday, Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “I’ve instructed district deputy commissioners and SPs to take necessary precautions and hold peace committee meetings. Based on the situation on Monday, we will make a decision on reopening of colleges.”

The Karnataka High Court is set to hear writ petitions regarding the hijab ban case at 2.30 pm on Monday. In an interim order released, the court on Thursday restrained students from wearing religious attire in classrooms until further notice.


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