Vijayapura: The Hijab controversy which has become a major issue in the State has been is taking different twists with passing day. Adding a new twist into the ongoing controversy, a teacher in Indi town objected to a student entering class by applying vermillion on his forehead.
Generally believed as Hindu custom, a degree college student had a heated argument with a lecturer of the degree college, after he objected to the student coming to class applying vermillion.
According to the lecture, applying vermillion indicates a particular religion, thus the student should not apply it as the High Court of Karnataka has given an interim order that prohibits display of any religious identity in the schools and colleges.
It may be noted that the High Court is hearing the petition filed by several Muslim students after they were denied entry into classes in Hijab.
Meanwhile, when the lecturer objected to the student for applying vermillion, the student apparently got enraged and indulged into a heated argument. He tried to convince the teacher that the court has not objected to applying vermilion.
“We were told not to wear saffron shawl in the colleges but there is no direction on wearing vermillion, then why are you (lecturer) preventing me from entering class,” he questioned.
Amid this, other lecturers intervened in the matter to end the argument. They later sent the student to the class by putting an end to the problem. Meanwhile, the situation remained tense for a while in the college on Friday February 18.
It may be noted that Indi was one of the first Taluks of the District where Hindu students tried to enter the college wearing saffron shawl to protest against Muslim girls wearing Hijab in the college.