Indian PM Modi gives firm assurance over Karnataka hijab row

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government stands with Har Mazloom (every victim of injustice).

PM Modi said, "Our government stands with 'Har Mazloom (every person who has faced injustice)'. Those people (Opposition parties) are trying to trick Muslim sisters to push them back in their lives."

He further said that the BJP government has freed the Muslim sisters and daughters from the menace of triple talaq and that the opposition party is trying to trick the Muslim sisters again.

Amid the ongoing 'hijab' row in Karnataka, the Indian Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi has said that all students must follow the dress code prescribed by the schools or administration.

"All students must follow the dress code prescribed by the schools or administration. Law and order must be maintained in the state. We need to see who are these people instigating the students," Joshi said.

The Hijab protests began on February 4 at the Government Girls PU college in Udupi district in Karnataka when some students alleged that they had been barred from attending classes wearing hijab (a headscarf worn by Muslim women).

On February 7, students of different colleges arrived that Shanteshwar Education Trust in Vijayapura wearing saffron stoles amid the Hijab row in Karnataka.

The pre-University education board had released a circular stating that the students can only wear the uniform approved by the school administration and no other religious practices will be allowed in colleges.

Following these protests, a three-day holiday from February 9 to 11 has been declared in all the universities under the department of Collegiate and Technical Education (DCTE) and Department of Higher Education and colleges.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has summoned India's Charge d'Affaires in Islamabad over the ongoing hijab row in Karnataka, according to a media report.


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