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Karnataka CM announces closure of Karnataka Schools and colleges after protests turn violent amid Hijab Row

Chief Minister Bommai appealed to maintain peace and harmony in state, as the hearing of the case continues in the Karnataka High Court.

The controversy over headscarves in Karnataka has intensified, with students defying the government order to use uniform clothing to maintain “unity and equality”. All schools and colleges in Karnataka will be shut for the next three days amid the row over wearing hijab by students.

Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai tweeted he has ordered all high schools and colleges to remain shut “to maintain peace and harmony”. The Karnataka High Court is hearing petitions filed by five women from a government college in Udupi, questioning hijab restrictions.

Karnataka High Court while hearing the matter of the hijab ban in some junior colleges on Tuesday said that they will go by reason, by law and not by passions or emotions. The High Court also said, “We will go by what Constitution says. Constitution is the Bhagavad Gita for me.”

CM Bommai also directs concerned authorities to maintain law and order. He further added, “As I speak proceedings in the court are underway. I appeal to each and everyone not to provoke at this time. Congress is just putting false allegations on us. We will abide by the law.”

Visuals of violent protests also surfaced across the internet following which strict decisions have been taken by the state government to avoid any communal violence.

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