Bengaluru: Karnataka police on Friday lodged an FIR against hijab-wearing female students for violating prohibitory orders in Tumakuru district.
The complaint has been lodged with Tumakuru city police against 15 to 20 students for violating prohibitory orders in the last two days.
The Principal of Empress College of Tumkuru lodged the complaint against them for staging a protest demanding to allow them attend classes wearing hijab.
He, however, has not named any student in the complaint.
This action comes in the wake of Karnataka High Court passing an interim order restricting wearing of hijab, saffron shawls or any other religious attire on educational campuses where dress code has been implemented.
The government also has issued a circular restricting religious attire in educational institutions including those run by minority welfare departments. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra too had warned strict action against those who flout the Court’s interim orders.
In another incident, the police have registered an FIR against Congress leader Mukarram Khan for his controversial “tukde tukde” (cutting into pieces) comment.
Khan has been booked under IPC sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and 295 (intention of insulting religion of any person).
The Congress leader, on February 8, had stated that he would cut to pieces anyone who interferes in hijab matters. Hindu organisations have strongly protested against the provocative comments and demanded action.
After the hijab row escalated in Karnataka, Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai had said refusing to let girls go to school wearing hijabs is “horrifying”.
The Nobel Laureate lashed out at Indian leaders and condemned them over the hijab controversy in Karnataka. “College is forcing us to choose between studies and the hijab. Refusing to let girls go to school in their hijabs is horrifying. Objectification of women persists — for wearing less or more. Indian leaders must stop the marginalisation of Muslim women,” tweeted Malala, who first grabbed the world’s attention when in October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot at her as she rode home on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Malala was only 15 at the time, but had already become a well known face in her country for her advocacy of education for women, in opposition to hardline Islamist groups. In 2014, she became the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner for her contribution to the cause of women’s education.