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FIR against 15 Muslim girls protesting hijab ban in Karnataka

Karnataka police registered cases against 15 Muslim girls of a government pre-university college in Tumakuru on charges of violating the prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 of IPC.

More than 40 Muslim students at the Government Empress Junior PU college in Tumakuru had staged a protest by raising slogans against hijab ban when they were denied entry inside classrooms for wearing hijab Wednesday.

The FIR was registered after the principal filed a complaint with the police.

Though the police officials said the FIR was registered against students who were protesting against hijab ban, the FIR does not name any student.

Muslim students in Karnataka have been protesting the ban on hijab in educational institutions, saying the Islamophobic move of Karnataka government violates their religious freedom guaranteed under India’s constitution.

On February 10, a three-judge bench of the High Court barred the students in Karnataka from wearing “religious clothes” in schools and colleges until further orders. The Karnataka High Court Special Bench is hearing the Hijab case on a daily basis.

Muslim students, activists and Opposition leaders across country allege that these attacks on Muslim symbols and practices are part of the larger Hindutva agenda of imposing majoritarian values on country’s 200 million Muslims.

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