Muslim girls walk tightrope between education and religion

A majority of the 24 girls who were suspended for wearing the hijab in the classroom at the Uppinangady college have now returned to class by tendering an apology letter to the principal stating that they would comply with the college uniform rules, reports Sanath Prasad for The Indian Express.

Using the cover of a 15 March 2022 order of the Karnataka High Court – which ruled that the wearing of the hijab is not an essential religious practice in Islam and that the freedom of religion is subject to reasonable restrictions – the Mangalore University syndicate decided on 14 May that hijabs which were being worn to the degree classes by Muslim girls should be banned in colleges affiliated to it where uniforms have been prescribed by the college development council.

The syndicate’s decision came after students from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the right-wing students union associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka, protested against the use of hijab in classes by Muslim girls and warned that they would wear saffron shawls if the Muslim girls were allowed to wear it.
Full report on The Indian Express site