India: Schools, colleges reopen in Karnataka after hijab verdict

Section 144 will remain in force in the area till March 21



By ANI

Published: Wed 16 Mar 2022, 9:44 AM

Last updated: Wed 16 Mar 2022, 9:49 AM

A day after the Karnataka High Court pronounced its verdict on the hijab ban, the schools and colleges reopened in Udupi on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, section 144 will remain in force in the area with restrictions on processions, celebrations and protests till March 21.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi District announced that “all schools and colleges will be reopened tomorrow in the Udupi district but the imposition of 144 section will continue with restrictions on processions, celebrations and protests till 21st March.”

Ahead of the High Court’s verdict, the authorities had ordered the closure of schools and colleges in Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday.

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Notably, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed various petitions challenging a ban on hijab in educational institutions and said that wearing hijab is not an essential religious practice.

The High Court, while upholding the Karnataka government’s order which directed strict enforcement of school and college uniform rules, had dismissed petitions challenging the hijab ban, saying that they are without merit.


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