Two female pre-university students from Udupi who had gone to the Karnataka High Court to challenge the hijab ban, returned from the exam center on Friday as they were not allowed to take the exam wearing the hijab.
The review which began on Friday will continue until May 18. The first article was Business Studies. More than 6.84 lakh students will take the exam at 1,076 centers across the state.
The two girls – Alia and Resham – arrived in an auto-rickshaw at the exam center wearing burkas. They insisted that they be allowed to take the exam wearing the hijab, but the college authorities, citing the High Court order, refused them entry. Afterwards, the girls returned home.
On January 1, six female college students from Udupi attended a press conference organized by Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal city to protest against college authorities denying them entry to the halls. class wearing the headscarf.
This was four days after asking the principal for permission to wear the hijab in class, which was not allowed. Until then, students wore the headscarf on campus but entered the classroom after removing it, said university principal Rudre Gowda.
The reason for this was that Hindu girls started coming to the college wearing saffron headscarves to protest against the permission given to Muslim girls to violate the college uniform.
The case snowballed into major controversy as it spread to other parts of the state, forcing the government to shut down the college for a week in February.
The girls then approached the Karnataka High Court against the ban. The full High Court judges, including Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, rejected their petition saying hijab is not an essential religious practice and upheld the government order banning hijab and any fabric that could to disturb peace, harmony and public order.
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