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Madhya Pradesh: Scarves As Part Of School Uniform In Private School Sparks Row, Probe Ordered

In December 2021, six young women of the Government Pre-University (PU) College for Girls in Udupi, Karnataka, were barred from sitting for their examinations because they had refused to remove their hijabs as per the state government's ban.

Singled Out: Students sitting outside after being denied entry for wearing the hijab, Kundapura, Udu
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After a controversy erupted over the uniform of a private school in Damoh district, with some claiming that a part of it resembles the hijab, the Madhya Pradesh government has ordered a probe, officials said on Wednesday.

It was alleged that a poster of Ganga Jamuna Higher Secondary School in Damoh showed girls, including Hindu students, wearing headscarves that looked like hijab.

The images were widely shared on social media with some alleging that the girls were forced by the school to wear the hijab.

In December 2021, six young women of the Government Pre-University (PU) College for Girls in Udupi, Karnataka, were barred from sitting for their examinations because they had refused to remove their hijabs as per the state government's ban. Several women and girls came out in support of the right to wear hijab.

The right to wear hijab was defended from the points of view of personal choice and a religious right as well. Reports say that several female students lost  substantial time of their academic year as they could not attend school as they were not allowed to study with hijab.

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