Udupi: The six girls in Udupi asking for an opportunity to wear the Hijab called on the mediapersons “to say respect our privacy”.
Speaking to media persons at Udupi Press Club premises on Wednesday February 23, the six Muslim students of Udupi College requested the media to respect their privacy and not violate it. Those who default should be punished for the violation of our privacy. They requested the Pre-University Board through DDPI to postpone their practical examinations. The students gave a memorandum to the Board for the postponement of their practical examinations.
They said that they are waiting for the High Court judgment on the Hijab issue and hope to get a favourable judgment. The court should listen to our concern and hopefully we can see a positive response, they said.
Since the Hijab issue came out, they are experiencing maximum harassment from the media and people at large, they said. They said one of our classmates is mentally disturbed by the behaviour of various people and the media.
While asked about their relation with PFI and other organisations, they said we have no relation with these organisations. They are not educated people and they don’t know anything. But, we need our Constitutional right to wear the hijab. We are suffering because college management leaked our phone numbers and hence we are getting threat, and disturbances from the masses. Some of the news channels made false videos, they said and demanded action on those media channels in order to keep their right of privacy.
The students told the media that they didn’t know this issue would become communal. Some politicians and the fundamental organisations made this a big communal issue for their benefit. However, we need to keep our privacy and ask the educational and government officials to allow us to attend the practical examinations or postpone practical examinations at the earliest, they said.