• Karnataka Hijab Row: High schools and colleges to remain shut for three days 

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    Digital Desk: Karnataka Hijab Row is taking a different shape now. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai announced through his Twitter handle that all the high schools and colleges in the state will remain close for three days amid hijab row chaos. CM Basavaraj S Bommai tweeted regarding Karnataka Hijab Row, " "I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of Karnataka to maintain peace and harmony." "I have ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges for the next three days. All concerned are requested to cooperate," the chief minister added. The announcement came on Tuesday after things had turned ugly between two different student's groups- one protesting against the use of hijab in schools and the other protesting against the prevention of usage in connection with Karnataka Hijab Row. Karnataka has witnessed parallel protests outside several colleges in the southern Indian state, with pro-hijab groups protesting against the restrictions imposed on the Muslim girls and anti-hijab groups, mainly comprising right-wing outfits, spreading saffron shawls to students. Also Read: Karnataka Hijab Row: What’s next in the row? It could also be witnessed that some of the Hindu activist's groups have asked students to wear saffron shawls to protest against the practice of wearing hijab in schools.  Karnataka High Court has heard the plea submitted by the students, and the hearing will continue tomorrow. The court even asked students and the general public to maintain peace and harmony. "This court has full faith in the wisdom and virtue of public at large, and it hopes that the same would be put to practice," Justice Dixit Krishna Shripad stated. The Karnataka Hijab Row demonstrations started last month when six students at the Government Girls PU College in Udupi alleged being banned from classes for insisting on wearing the hijab. Right-wing bodies in Udupi and Chikkamagaluru objected to Muslim girls wearing the hijab to class. The demonstrations escalated today after protesters threw stones at each other and students at a college put up a saffron flag. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has expressed children should "neither wear the hijab nor saffron scarves" in school.  

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