Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi(HB/DRD)
Udupi Jan, 26: The Hijab row in city's Government Girl's Pre University College has taken a googly with MLA Raghupati Bhat coming up with the idea of online classes for the students seeking to stick to their religious practice.
"We will request the six students and their parents to desist from wearing Hijab to the classrooms. If they do not agree they attend the classes online and take their examinations, " Raghupati Bhat, also chairman of the School Development Committee said.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, January 26, he said, "Some vested interests are creating an issue. It is not right on the part of the parents to ruin their children's future. Discipline is mandatory in an educational institute. Parents must understand this and al their children to follow the uniform code..We are not going to budge from our stand under any circumstance."
The MLA disclosed that following the status quo order by the government in terms of wearing scarfs, a meeting was chaired by retired police official G A Bawa with the Muslim leaders. The decision was taken after the meeting, he added.
He further said, "If we yield to their demands here, this will begin in every other college. And then, in retaliation to this, saffron shawls and turbans will make it to the campus. We have requested the community leaders to ensure that the harmony is not disrupted in the district. They have assured to hold a dialogue with the the parents of the six students and revert to me in tow days."
"The college principal will call the parents and request them to retract their stand on Hijab. Earlier, the agitating students have attended the classes without Hijab for a good one and a half years. It's just a matter of another one month. The classes will get over and examinations will be held. if the parents are die hard on their Hijab decision they may consider attending the classes online. We will allow them to write the examination. Next year they can take admission in any other college of their choice but under no circumstance we will allow them inside the classroom with Hijab," Raghupati Bhat reiterated.