“School managements, principals and parents have the responsibility of obeying the high court,” Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said on the issue.
As schools till Standard X reopened across Karnataka on Monday, the instructions for Muslim girls were clearly laid out by many institutions — remove the hijab if you want to attend classes. Reports coming in from many places stated that Muslim students were refused entry to school premises if they did not remove their hijab.
In Mandya, students at the Rotary Educational Society School were forced by teachers to remove their hijab before entering the school premises. Many teachers and staffers were also asked to remove their hijab or burqa before entering the premises. Many parents requested teachers to allow the students to go to their classrooms before removing the hijab.
The story was similar at government-run Sardar High School in Belagavi as teachers and staff asked Muslim girls to remove their burqas and hijab at the school gate.
Over 30 students in the Kodagu district were sent back from school after they refused to remove their hijab. In the Shivamogga district, 10 students from Class 10 and two from Class 9 at the KPS school refused to remove their hijab after which they were prevented from entering the school.
Schools in the Udupi district, where the protests began last month after pre-university students in some government colleges were barred from entering classrooms with headscarves, recorded normal attendance, according to the officials from the education department. Muslim girls who reached schools in Udupi wearing the hijab removed them before entering the school premises, officials said.
“I have visited a few schools and Muslim students were seen abiding by the rules. They removed their hijab before entering the classes. Police have been deployed near the schools to keep a check on the law and order situation,” Udupi district tahsildar Pradeep Kurudekar said.