MP: Govt College Principal Issues Order Banning Hijab After Hindu Outfits Protest

New Delhi: An autonomous post-graduate government college in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh came out with an order banning wearing hijabs within the college premises, after a group of Hindu right-wing outfits protested the wearing of hijab by two students on February 14, Monday, the New Indian Express reported.

According to a video on Twitter, a group of people were seen to be chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ after two hijab-clad students entered the college premises.

The college principal, D.R. Rahul, said, “Nobody can come here [to this college] wearing this kind of [religious] attire including the hijab.”

The report further said that the college administration tried to track the two students, but couldn’t because they had already left the college. Subsequently, the principal also signed an order, asking students to “wear only civilised and decent clothes in the college”.

The NIE reported that the incident happened on Monday after youngsters associated with Hindutva outfits, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini came to the Agrani Government Autonomous PG College in Datia town. The saffron outfits activists protested inside the college premises after they spotted the two hijab-clad women.

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This incident happened days after a burqa-clad MCom student was allegedly forced to write an apology letter for wearing burqa and hijab in an autonomous government college in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, after a group of students raised objection, as per news reports.

The principal claimed that the student, identified as Rukhsana Khan, came to college wearing burqa and hijab for the first time to unnecessarily create a controversy.

The student was allowed to take the exam only after she offered a written undertaking saying that she would be turning up in college uniform in the future.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, where the hijab controversy first took off, high schools reopened on Monday, after the high court in its interim order had restrained all students from wearing saffron shawls, scarves, hijab and any religious flag within the classroom.

Several tweets from across the state have surfaced, showing students and teachers allegedly being forced to remove their burqas and hijabs at the gates of educational institutions.

Featured image: A screenshot from the video shared on Twitter.

This article was first published on The Wire.