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Hijab ban: Section 144 imposed around schools in Udupi

Section 144 imposed around schools in Udupi

The Udupi district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in areas around all high schools in the district from Monday till February 19.

The administration said it is a preventive step to maintain peace in view of the ongoing hijab ban in educational institutions and raging protest against it.

The order will be in effect from 6 AM on February 14 to 6 PM on February 19. The order has been clamped following a request by the district superintendent of police to deputy commissioner M Kurma Rao for imposing Section 144 within a 200-metre radius around all the high schools.

Meanwhile, Karnataka police have held flag marches in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

The Karnataka government on Saturday extended the holidays for all pre-university colleges till February 15.

The Karnataka High Court is scheduled to hear the petition of protesting Muslim girls on Monday. In an interim order, the court had restrained students from wearing any religious attire in classrooms of colleges where such attire is prohibited, until a final order is given in the case.

The Muslim girls’ agitation erupted last month, when a group of Muslim students protested after they were barred from entering their college -Government PU College Udupi- because they were wearing hijab. Since then several other government colleges have seen protests both for and against the hijab ban, with Hindu right-wing groups wearing saffron shawls holding protests against hijab and abusing Muslim students.

Last week, Muskan, a hijab-wearing Muslim student was heckled by a Hindu far-right mob at a college in Karnataka’s Mandya causing outrage.

The news prompted officials of US and Pakistan and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Manchester United and French international Paul Pogba and various activist across globe to urge India to stop the harassment against Muslim women.

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