CFI pitches for constitutional right of Muslim students wearing Hijab

MANGLURU: Campus Front of India (CFI) has urged that status quo should be maintained in allowing Muslim girls of Dr K Shivarama Karantha Government First Grade College in Bellare to wear scarf (hijab).

In a media release, CFI Karnataka unit has demanded religious freedom for Muslim girls in the college by allowing scarf. It may be recalled that a section of male students of the college had on Wednesday attended classes wearing saffron shawls registering their protest against Muslim girls wearing scarf. While the college has 495 students, 19 are Muslims and 15 of them are girls.

CFI members stated that Muslim girls studying in the college in Sullia taluk have been wearing scarf as per their Constitutional and religious freedom for several years. “Though Muslim girls were wearing scarf as per tradition for several years, it has never been an issue and neither had it created any obstacle in the college. Wearing scarf is a compulsory dress code for women in Islam. Our Constitution agrees to it. Further, scarf is a symbol of respect for women too,” the release stated.

A delegation of PFI members have met Sullia taluk tahsildar and Bellare police to take the issue seriously by taking action against those who are trying to make the issue communal.

“Everyone in India has their own customs and traditions and our nation has unity in diversity. Hence, we must learn to live harmoniously by respecting each other in India. However, it is unfortunate that a section of students have been opposing Muslim girls wearing scarf with communal agenda. Students and their parents have already met the principal and submitted a memorandum urging the college authorities to allow scarf for Muslim girls and uphold the Constitutional values,” the release added.

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