The controversy over hijab in India does not seem to be stopping. Two students from Karnataka, who had filed a petition in the court on behalf of hijab, could not take part in the final examination of the college as they came wearing hijab this time. News from NDTV.
It is learned that on Friday (April 22) the two students had Class XII board exams. They appeared at the Udupi test center in Karnataka wearing burqas and hijabs to take part in the test. But they were sent back.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The two students named Alia Asadi and Reshma went to Vidyoday Pew College examination center in Udupi. They requested the inspector and the principal of the college for 45 minutes to allow them to sit for the examination after wearing hijab. But did not get approval.
College authorities said they would not be allowed to sit for the exam after wearing hijab as per the state government’s ban as per the court order. Then they left the center without taking the test.
Twelfth class board examination has started under the pre-university board of Karnataka and will continue till May 16. Strict security measures have been taken to prevent any untoward incident at any of the 1,008 centers during the examination.
Meanwhile, state education minister BC Nagesh said no student wearing hijab would be allowed to take part in the exam.
Alia Asadi, 18, is one of the frontliners of the movement for hijab. Appealing to state chief minister Basbaraj Bombay last week, the student said the chief minister still has a chance to stop ruining our future.
Alia, a state-level karate champion, said in her application that many students wishing to take part in pre-university exams would be harmed just by the hijab ban, so the chief minister could take a decision to allow them to take part in the exams after hijab.
Wearing hijab is not a compulsory religious practice. The High Court of the Indian state of Karnataka passed the verdict on March 15 after a long wait.
Earlier, on February 11, some activists approached the Supreme Court seeking a speedy hearing challenging the High Court’s interim judgment. But the Supreme Court refused to accept the case. It was informed that the case is pending in the High Court. In this case, there is no need to intervene.
On February 10, the High Court ruled in an interim judgment that students would not be allowed to enter the classroom wearing a purple scarf, hijab and religious flag or anything like that until a final decision is made.