UDUPI: Rising intolerance against spiritual minorities, Islamophobia, and the continuing hijab controversy in India’s Karnataka has sparked a tense scenario when over 100 younger male students sporting saffron scarves harassed and raised slogans against hijabi Muslim girls at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College (MGM) in Udupi as we speak (Tuesday).
Students sporting the saffron scarves confronted Muslim feminine students once they got here out of their school rooms at the college, The Information Minute reported.
The charged second was lastly quelled by college authorities who could possibly be seen holding the 2 factions away from one another.
Earlier on Tuesday morning at MGM college, a handful of saffron scarf-wearing younger males gathered close to the gate because the college didn’t enable them to enter. Many of those students recognized themselves as being part of the ABVP (scholar wing of the BJP) and the Hindu Jagarana Vedike.
In the meantime, Muslim girls who have been sporting a hijab have been requested to go contained in the college constructing and wait in a separate classroom.
It was round 10.15 am when the small crowd swelled. And because the group of Muslim girls approached the gate, the mob began chanting slogans.
Extra students, each women and men, sporting saffron shawls gathered at the gate, many breaching the college partitions to raise slogans against the younger Muslim girls on campus.
“These boys don’t know what they’re doing. They’re totally blind. Some boys know they’re doing wrong but it’s all for fun,” stated a Muslim lady.
“This is a matter of dignity. Hijab is our first priority. Education is the second priority,” Javeriya stated.
Even after the confrontation was calmed, a big crowd of younger women and men sporting saffron scarves and turbans continued to shout slogans and wave their scarves within the air. In line with college sources, the group comprised of each college students and outsiders.