Muslim girl students barred from taking class 12 exams in Karnataka

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Six Muslim students in hijab were not allowed entry to examination centre and returned home without taking their Class 12 exams in the Indian state of Karnataka’s Yadgir district.
The students who had come to write their economics exam, requested the authorities to allow them writing the paper wearing hijab but their request was turned down.

The students walked out of the examination centre, refusing to take off their hijab. The incident took place at the Government Pre-University College in Yadgir district.

The crucial Class 12 exams are being conducted across the Karnatka state.

As many as 68,84,255 students have enrolled for the board exams, which began on April 22 amid tight security in the backdrop of the head hijab row.

The BJP-led Hindutva government in Karnataka has banned hijab in classrooms and announced that hijab-clad students and teachers will not be allowed entry to the examination centres.

Aliya Assadi, one of the petitioners, took to Twitter to slam the decision.

“Again and again we face disappointment! BJP MLA Raghupathy Bhat had threatened us with criminal cases against us if we go to attend exams. Where is our country headed to,” she questioned.

On April 22, Assadi and Resham Farooq tried to enter the examination centre in Udupi in hijab. The BJP MLA Raghupathy Bhat had also warned that if the students repeat their act, they should be charged with a criminal case for contempt of court.

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