A dispute over the hijab resurfaces in Karnataka as students protest a Muslim girl wearing it at a private college.

By Nagarjun Dwarakanath & Sagay Raj

A controversy over the hijab has once again erupted in Karnataka, with a group of students in a private college in Hassan protesting against a Muslim girl wearing the hijab at the institute. The students protested by wearing saffron shawls.

Many of the Muslim students, who had discarded the hijab following the massive row in 2022, have restarted wearing it. This led to protests by students from the Hindu communities.

The Principal of Vidya Soudha College, Range Gowda, said that the incident happened two days ago and the authorities held a meeting with the Muslim students and parents, who agreed not to wear the hijab again.

“It wasn’t a hijab but some cloth that was worn that resembled a hijab. The student who wore it said she had an ear problem and hence covered her ear. We held a meeting with the student and parents, and they have agreed they will not repeat it,” the Principal said.

He also stated that the students who wore saffron shawls have also been directed to stop the protest. The Block Education Officer said that he was not aware of the issue. The Hassan Superintendent of Police is collecting information from the Education department.

This story was originally published in indiatoday.in. Read the full story here.