Urdu high school students near Udupi show up with hijab

Previously, they wore a scarf around their necks, but arrived on February 15 with a hijab covering their heads.

Previously, they wore a scarf around their necks, but arrived on February 15 with a hijab covering their heads.

Teachers at the Urdu Public Secondary School in a village of Kaup taluk in Udupi district were surprised when some students turned around on February 15 while wearing a hijab (headscarf) as they did not wear it before.

A few of the 30-odd girls from grades 8 to 10 at Fakiranakatte school in Mallaru village, who had previously come to school with a scarf around their necks, showed up on February 15 with a hijab covering their heads. , according to Govinda Madiwal, Deputy Director, Department of Public Instruction, Udupi.

Mr. Madiwal, who visited the school, said The Hindu that students who showed up wearing the hijab were allowed into their respective classrooms. Those in class 10 showed up for the social science article of the current preparatory exams, along with their other classmates.

Later Mr Madiwal said a parents’ meeting was called where the mothers of the Muslim girls said their husbands asked their daughters to go to school wearing a hijab (headscarf) . At the meeting, the parents were advised not to change the dress code and to comply with the Interim Order of the High Court of Karnataka in which instructions were issued not to allow hijab or any other clothing having a religious connection.

The parents have promised to adhere to the existing dress code from February 16, Mr Madiwal said.

The police were stationed in large numbers outside the school as a large number of people, including relatives of the students, had gathered near the school.

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