Hijab Row: Classes to Resume for 9th and 10th Grade

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  • State permits schools to hold classes for 9th and 10th grade from Monday.
  • Decision on Higher Secondary Schools and universities pending.
  • The HC posted the hearing for February 14th.

Bengaluru: Schools from classes 9 and 10 can resume operations from Monday, an official statement said. However, decisions on the opening of universities and Higher Secondary schools is yet obscured. Students until 8th class, however, faced no regulations as they were permitted to operate.

In light of the escalating protests, CM Basavaraj Bommai has ordered educational institutions to shut down ‘ to maintain peace and harmony after separate groups of students marched to their colleges wearing saffron scarves and hijab.

On Thursday, the Karnataka High Court heard the Hijab plea and posted the matter to February 14th. This was the second time the court heard the plea after a single bench judge passed the matter to a larger bench.  The court has asked the students and the public at large to maintain peace.

The hijab protests began in state last month after a group of girls at the Girls PU College in Udipi were barred from classes for insisting on wearing the headscarf.

At a college in Mandya, a Muslim girl stood her ground as a large number of saffron scarf-wearing boys heckled her and shouted slogans of “Jai Shri Ram”. She shouted back at them: “Allah hu Akbar!” College rules allow students to wear the hijab in class but not during lessons, according to officials.

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