A college teacher in Karnataka has resigned from her post over the hijab controversy. According to the report, while resigning from the job, she said that she was not comfortable removing the hijab. Chandini Naaz, a lecturer in English at Jain PU College, wrote a letter on February 16 regarding this.

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In the letter, Naaz wrote, “I am resigning from my position as Lecturer of English because you demanded me to remove my hijab which I have been wearing for three years in your college. The right to religion is a constitutional right, which no one can do. Can’t deny either. Thank you. I condemn your undemocratic act (sic).”

College principal Manjunath said, “She (Naz) is a part-time lecturer and used to attend class wearing a hijab. After the interim order of the Karnataka High Court, we asked her to remove the hijab in the staff room and go to class, but She was not ready for it. So she resigned.”

‘If the teacher was allowed to wear the hijab…’

The interim order of the Karnataka High Court does not apply to teachers or students of colleges who do not have the prescribed uniform. Manjunath said, “We are a private college. We have to follow whatever the management says. We were worried that if the teacher is allowed to wear hijab and teach then Muslim students may also follow it. Till now No girl student is allowed to wear hijab in the college.”

Section 144 extended in many areas till February 28

Seeing the matter increasing, the Bengaluru district administration has increased Section 144 in many areas till February 28. According to the district administration, pro-hijab and anti-hijab demonstrations will not be allowed. Slogans, songs, and inciting speeches are strictly prohibited. Marriage ceremonies with more than 300 people in open spaces and 200 in closed spaces are also prohibited.

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