September 26, 2023

Moon Desk: Last year, Karnataka politics was in a big uproar over the ban on wearing hijab in government colleges. Ignoring the government ban, the Muslim girls of Sarajya keep trying to enter schools and colleges wearing hijab. That created controversy. Minorities started protesting on the streets. The Hindutvaists took part in the counter rally. The protests turned violent. But even then, the state government has not withdrawn the guidelines banning the wearing of hijab in schools and colleges. Hijab supporters did not gain even by going to court.

This time Communist Party of India Marxist (CPIM) raised that issue in Parliament. Also, CPIM MP John Brittas targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In Parliament, he said, ‘Karnataka government has told the Supreme Court that they are not allowing the wearing of hijab in schools and colleges to maintain secularism. But why is there no objection in a country like India, whose largest state Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath always wears ocher?’

The CPM MP claimed that the BJP government’s stubbornness on the hijab issue is actually harming Muslim women. One lakh Muslim students have dropped out of schools and colleges in Karnataka alone. The CPIM MP demanded that the government implement the report of the Sachar Committee on the backwardness of Muslims in education and social spheres.

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