Foreign hand in hijab row: Karnataka minister | India News

UDIPI/BENGALURU: Muslim students at Government PU College for Girls in Karnataka’s Udupi have said a proposal to hold online classes for those who want to wear the hijab is not acceptable to them.
MLA K Raghupati Bhat had said on Wednesday that students not wanting to give up hijab during class hours at the college can opt for online classes. The MLA, president of the college betterment committee, had promised that the college will hold online classes for such students. However, the students said they wanted to attend offline classes wearing the hijab.
An agency report said that education minister B C Nagesh and Bhat on Thursday termed the incident an “international conspiracy”.
The minister questioned as to why “such problems arise only in a few pockets of the country? The forces against the nation are behind this”.
Students, who were not allowed to attend classes wearing the hijab for nearly a month, told reporters that the “hijab is our constitutional right. We will go to college wearing the hijab. We do not want online classes. If we are denied our rights in a government college, how can we expect it in other colleges? Science students among us will not be able to attend lab hours if we are allowed to do only online classes”. When told that there were other Muslim students attending classes without the hijab, girls said they were doing so as they were afraid. “They have expressed their moral support to us. The hijab is as important as education for us,” a student said.
Mangaluru MLA UT Khader has said that the issue needed to be solved by the parents of the girls. “The hijab issue should not affect their education. It is up to the college to take a decision on educational issues. Let parents solve the issue,” he said.

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