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Hijab controversy: ‘School management, parents must comply with court order,’ says Karnataka CM Bommai

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  • The Karnataka High Court said the decision fell under Section 25
  • After the High Court handed down its judgment, few incidents were reported in the city
  • A meeting will be called to discuss the shortcomings and standard operating procedures, the CM said.

Everyone should abide by the High Court order, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday while speaking to the media after attending the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the House of Assembly. ‘State.

Amid the ongoing hijab controversy, the High Court resumed hearing on Monday on the petition challenging the wearing of hijab in colleges.

The Karnataka High Court said the decision falls under Article 25 and is not legally viable and also called on the media to be more responsible.

After the High Court issued its final judgment, few incidents were reported in the city.

Referring to the incidents, CM Bommai said, “Schools up to 10th standard have reopened today. A few incidents have been reported in various districts. A meeting will be called to discuss the shortcomings and standard operating procedures. The management of the school, the principals and the parents have the responsibility to obey the order of the High Court. This will create a conducive atmosphere for the High Court to deliver its final judgment. We must maintain restraint until then.

Karnataka Pre-University University and degree colleges to reopen

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday decided to reopen pre-university and degree colleges across the state, which had been closed due to the hijab dispute, from February 16.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, attended by Minister of Interior Araga Jnanendra, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education BC Nagesh, Minister of Education senior CN Ashwath Narayan and senior government officials.

“During the meeting, the current situation in the state was analysed. It was decided to reopen PU and Degree colleges from Wednesday,” Nagesh said.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said the colleges would reopen based on the Karnataka High Court’s interim order.

“Wherever (in colleges) there are uniform-related rules, they must be strictly followed. When there is no uniform, the dress code will be decided. We will strictly follow the ordinance of the High Court,” he added.

As protests for and against hijab escalated in different parts of Karnataka and turned violent in some places, the government had declared a public holiday for all high schools and colleges in the state for three days, starting from February 9. , and it was later extended to February 16.

However, the Karnataka High Court, in its Interim Order pending consideration of all hijab line related petitions, had last week requested the state government to reopen educational institutions and barred all students to wear saffron shawls, scarves, hijab and any religious flag. within the class.

Following the court order, the government had decided to resume classes for high school students up to class 10 from February 14, and for pre-university and university colleges thereafter, and consequently high schools across the country. State reopened today.

Expressing his confidence that there will be no untoward incidents when colleges reopen, Home Minister Jnanendra said the police are with the educational institutions and ensure that there are no there is no disturbance of the peace.

Police officials are gathering information on how the dispute escalated, and an investigation is underway in this regard.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)

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