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Hijab controversy: 'In Bihar, we do not interfere in people's way of practicing religion' says Nitish Kumar

The Hijab protests in Karnataka began in January this year when some students of Government Girls PU college in the Udupi district of the state alleged that they had been barred from attending classes. 

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Published on: February 15, 2022 11:10 IST
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Hijab not an issue in Bihar, people respect each other's religious sentiments: Nitish Kumar

Highlights

  • In Bihar schools, children wear the same type of dress, Nitish Kumar said
  • People of the state do not pay attention to such things, Kumar said referring to hijab controversy
  • Earlier, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that a proper dress code should be followed at schools

Hijab is not an issue in Bihar as people respect each other's religious sentiments, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said over the ongoing hijab controversy. Talking to the media, Kumar said, "In Bihar schools, children wear the same type of dress... We respect each other's religious sentiments."

The chief minister also said that the people of the state do not pay attention to such things as Bihar does not interfere with the way of practicing one's religion or culture.

"We do not interfere in their way of practicing religion or culture. That's why we should not pay attention to such things," he said.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that a proper dress code should be followed in schools, adding he never asked the public or workers in UP to wear saffron, for what they wear is their personal choice.

He had also said that one's personal belief is separate, "but when one talks about institutions, then one has to accept the rules there. In a national context, the Constitution should be followed."

Hijab controversy: The background

The Hijab protests in Karnataka began in January this year when some students of Government Girls PU college in the Udupi district of the state alleged that they had been barred from attending classes. During the protests, some students claimed they were denied entry into the college for wearing hijab.

Following this incident, students of different colleges arrived at Shanteshwar Education Trust in Vijayapura wearing saffron stoles. The situation was the same in several colleges in the Udupi district.

The pre-University education board had released a circular stating that students can wear only the uniform approved by the school administration and no other religious practices will be allowed in colleges.

Various petitions challenging the ban on headscarves in educational institutes have been moved to Karnataka High Court. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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