Udupi Hijab Row: Six girls protest hijab ban, denied entry into the classroom

Six Muslim students who have been boycotting classes since the last week of December in Udupi college were on Tuesday, once again denied entry into the classroom after they refused to remove the hijab.

The Government Pre-University College for girls on Monday had warned of punitive action if the protesting students do not begin attending classes, without the hijab from Tuesday. Police have also been deployed on the campus.

“We have never agreed to come without hijab, rumors & MLA statement is deceptive,” said one of the students Aliya.

They have said that they would continue to come to college in the hijab and keep asking for permission to attend classes wearing it.

February 1 is incidentally celebrated as World Hijab Day.

The students are planning to take legal recourse as the government-run college authorities are unable to resolve the stand-off.

MLA Raghupati Bhat had earlier warned the female students against causing unrest in the college atmosphere with their protests and creating chaos with exams approaching soon.

The six students on Tuesday also participated in a seminar to mark World Hijab Day.

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