PUC Exam
Source: Live Law

BC Nagesh, Karnataka education minister has instructed that students can’t sit the second PUC exam wearing hijab. This statement has been said for the examination which is scheduled on 9 March 2023.

Nagesh said, “Last year students wore the uniform while writing the exam. Now also, students who will come wearing hijab can’t give the Pre University course (PUC) exam. Students have to follow the rules made by the educational institute.”

Further, the education minister added that after the hijab ban, the number of Muslim students increased as more Muslim sisters started enrolling. He said, “Number of Muslim sisters giving exams has improved. Also, the enrollment ratio has increased after the hijab ban.”

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Earlier, on 15 March 2022, a bench sat down which included chief justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, justice Krishna S Dixit and justice JM Khazi. They passed the verdict that hijab is not an essential religious practice, this verdict came after huge protests by Muslim students as they weren’t allowed to enter the college gate. 

Such a strong statement paves the way for colleges in Karnataka to set a rule for not allowing students in hijab. Furthermore, the protest started after the order of banning hijab came on 1 January 2022. It resulted in protests on campus and the whole state.

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