Saffron shawl vs hijab row ends in Chikkamagaluru; students, parents call a truce

Chikkamagaluru, Jan 11 (IANS): The saffron shawl versus hijab row ended at the Balagadi First Grade College in Koppa taluk of Chikkamagalurudistrict in Karnataka as students and parents called a truce and agreed not to wear either a hijab or a saffron shawl along with the uniform to the college from Tuesday.

However, the girls will be allowed to wear veils on the face. The decision was made at the parents meeting held in the college.

Principal S. Ananth addressing the meeting stated that a similar controversy erupted in 2018. Then, a decision was taken to only cover the face with a veil. This time also consent has been taken from all the parents and a decision on veils has been taken.

The college authorities will take strict measures to see that students do not violate discipline on the campus. He also warned that if any student violates the decision taken in the meeting, their parents would be called and they would be issued a transfer certificate.

MLA Raje Gowda, who also attended the meeting, said the students must maintain discipline on the campus. The behaviour should not be provoking and students must focus on studies and follow the decision taken at the meeting.

The row erupted recently when a group of students started attending classes in hijabs. In retaliation to this, another group of students started wearing saffron scarves and shawls to the college.

The students last week staged a protest by boycotting classes for allowing some of the students to wear a hijab. The students said that uniform norms were violated by some students who wear a hijab along with the uniform. If they are allowed to wear hijabs, then they must also be allowed to come with saffron scarves and shawls, the agitating students demanded.







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  • Mathew, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    I may sound cruel here, but I wish that those students involved in creating this controversy should not have a great future. They have misplaced priorities, thanks to those who influence them wrongly. They better behave maturely or else it will be too late to regret

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  • Smitha P, Udupi/Bangalore

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Educational institutions are meant to mould students to inculcate tolerance, free thought, respect and moral values. The moment religious intolerance becomes a part of it, the students are doomed. We cannot blame the students here but a bunch of goons who instigate violent reactions to display dominace over other religions. Sadly, Udupi and Mangalore have become more and more intolerant over a period of time. Glad that the parents along with the management have taken a stand to intervene and come to a sensible consensus. This should be followed in all Educational institutions.

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    This issue because of polarization by the BJPeeee for votes !!!! its very bad trend ! in one way MAJORITY AND MINORITY comes to the religious issues both are the same mentality !!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Readers, these ugly episodes, were used to inflame passion, hate, in our society. Religion should never be used in educational institutions neither displayed in public domain.. Do so in the confinement of your homes !!!!

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    Our Hindu college hardly had few muslim girl students and they used to wear burkha over their dresses to the college but then remove the burkha while attending classes. They used scarf and no one had any issues. Everyone respected them and they respected others. Now a days , politics has taken over studies it seems. Students should concentrate on studies and not other unnecessary non productive things. It will be too late by the time they realize, unless they make good career in politics. We hardly see any student protesting for good education system which is sad.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jan 12 2022

    College or school is a place where students learn for their life.It can either end up their studies or beginn of a great future.So dont give any chance to any politics or any religious exchanges talks.One will start and second will conter ,so then situation will go out of hand ,and anything can happen.So be a good student and start your future to form there.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 11 2022

    I think all schools and colleges should insert this standard rule that both Hijab and Saffron shawl are NOT allowed in the campus . Both the parents have to sign that during or prior admission. . If not in agreement they should just go to another school owned by their community that caters to such needs. Simple,

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 11 2022

    I Would advise students to keep out of politics at school and work hard to pass their exams with distinction. If you don’t pas then you can join politics or extreme organisations.

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  • harold mathias, mangalore//muscat

    Tue, Jan 11 2022

    Really a Wonderful Decision

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  • jb, mlore

    Tue, Jan 11 2022

    Great victory for real students . Now all are equal and no discrimination between students . Students should go to college for studying and not to show which religion they follow . This should now be followed in all colleages and hijab should be banned . Korle kai for Kujuma

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