Bengaluru: The Congress-led Karnataka government has said it will look into the hijab ban in educational institutions after Amnesty India sought the revocation of the ban. In a series of tweets, Amnesty India asked the Karnataka government to take three priority actions for human rights, including the immediate revoking of the ban on women wearing hijabs in educational institutions.
On the revocation of the hijab ban currently in effect, Karnataka minister and senior Congress leader G Parameshwara said the government “will see to it in the future”.
“We will see in future what best we can do. Right now, we have to fulfil the five guarantees we made to the people of Karnataka,” Parameshwara was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The hijab row erupted in Karnataka after the BJP-led state government issued an order that said uniforms were compulsory in schools and colleges and no exception could be made for the wearing of the hijab. The same was upheld by the Karnataka High Court.
The matter is currently with the top court. The BJP has made it clear that it will oppose any move to revoke the hijab ban. “We will oppose this move by the Congress government,” said senior BJP leader R Ashok.