Hijab vs Saffron fight takes violent turn in Karnataka
To avoid further confrontation between two communities students, the state government has declared three days holiday for high schools, PU and degree colleges across the state. Chief Minister has requested the student community to maintain peace and harmony.
Bengaluru ( Karnataka) Hijab vs Saffron clad triggered widespread violence across Karnataka on Monday. Violence has taken place in many educational institutions across the state. Violence has erupted in Shivamogga, Ramanagara, Uttara Kannada, Gadag, Tumakuru, Davangere, Mandya, Bagalkote, Chikamagaluru and Raichuru districts.
Following the violence in the state, the Chief Minister has declared three days holiday for schools and colleges in the state. The situation has gone out of control in some parts of the state. In Shivamogga, miscreants have replaced the National flag with a saffron flag.
KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar tweeted that “ The situation in some Karnataka educational institutions has gone so out of hand that in one case the National flag was replaced by a saffron flag. I think the affected institutions should be closed for a week to restore law and order. Teaching can continue online”.
Hijab row first surfaced in Udupi district one month back, later spread to Kundapura town. Now, the hijab violence has engulfed the state. Unfortunately, friends who sit next to each other have turned into foes.
Muslim students demand for hijab has met with opposition by the Hindu students who openly opposed and advised them not to come to colleges if they want hijabs in classrooms.
The animosity has developed overnight without any provocation. To oppose hijabs, saffron shawls have been supplied to the students in bulk quantity.
In some educational institutions, students of both communities oppose each other on hijab and saffron issues.
Both college authorities and police have unable to control the situation. Though in some places, police have dispersed the students by resorting to mild lathi-charge.
The incidents have taken both religious and political colours. Both communities students have adamant and stuck to their stands. They are not ready to oblige to the order of making uniforms compulsory in the colleges.
Earlier in the day, Education Minister B.C. Nagesh has given authority to the respective DDPI to declare a holiday after assessing the situation. But, later in the evening government has declared three days holiday for educational institutions.
All these days, students have protested for their rights peacefully , but now it has taken violence mode. Without waiting for a High Court order, students have demanded the state government allow them to attend the classes wearing hijab.