What started in the sleepy town of Shivamogga in Karnataka’s Udupi district, has slowly but surely engulfed the entire country. The Hijab row seems to be snowballing into an issue beyond exercising of personal choice. On Thursday, Vijayawada’s Loyola College, stopped some hijabi students from entering the premises.
This Andhra city is known for its dense Muslim population. “Our ID cards issued at the beginning of the first year has our picture in a hijab. Why object suddenly after a year?” questioned the bunch of students allegedly stopped at the gate by Father Kishore, college principal.
When the girls called in their guardians, the matter was discussed in an amicable manner. “We explained to Father that it was a matter of personal choice. The girls feel better when they are covered. Islam advocates a modest dress code. The principal heard us out and then let the girls resume normal classes,” shared a parent whose ward was denied entry.