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Meanwhile, after the hijab issue surfaced again in Mangaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday insisted that everyone should follow the orders of the High Court and the government.

Noting that the issue was over after the syndicate meeting at Mangalore University, the Chief Minister asked the students to focus on education instead of getting into such issues.

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Bommai said, “There is no need to create hijab controversy (again). The court has given its order, everyone has to follow the order of the court and the government. Most of them, around 99.99 percent, are following it. The syndicate also proposes that the court’s order will have to be followed. According to me, education should be necessary for the students.

“After yesterday’s meeting of the university, the issue is over,” Bommai said.

In fact, the issue of hijab once again came to the fore on May 26, when a group of college students in Mangaluru protested on the campus, alleging that some Muslim girl students were attending classes wearing hijab.

Bommai was also questioned about the inclusion of a chapter on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar’s speech and the demand for sacking of Textbook Revision Committee chairman Rohit Chakratirth for other changes.

The Chief Minister said that he would discuss this with Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh. Bommai said, “He (Nagesh) is aware of all the developments, I will talk to him and take a decision.”

The hijab controversy first started at a government pre-university college in Karnataka’s Udupi district when six girls, wearing hijabs, came to class in December last year and were barred from entering the college.

In response to his wearing of hijab, Hindu students started coming to the college wearing saffron gamchas. Gradually, the dispute spread to other parts of the state as well, causing tension in educational institutions at many places.

In the midst of this controversy, these girl students had filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court requesting them to be given the right to wear hijab inside the classroom.

On March 15, the Karnataka High Court, while hearing a case related to the controversy over hijab in educational institutions, had held that wearing hijab is not a part of the essential religious practice in Islam and has urged Muslim girl students to allow wearing of hijab in classes. The Khachikas were rejected and the ban on hijab in educational institutions in the state was upheld.

Muslim girls challenged this order in the Karnataka High Court, on which the High Court had given this decision. However, on the same day this order was challenged in the Supreme Court.

On March 24, the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions for urgent hearing of the Karnataka High Court’s decision. Dismissing the petition, Chief Justice of India NV. Ramana had said, ‘It has nothing to do with the exam. Don’t sensationalize it.

(with input from news agency language)

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