This debate has been triggered by the strange and autocratic decision of the management of Jain Pre-University College Moodbidri in Karnataka's Mangalore that bars a Muslim girl from attending classes.
The student, Hadiya, wears headscarf but the 'minority' institute doesn't allow her to step into the classroom wearing the hijab. The authorities have even asked her to stop stepping into the college premises. The principal in the conservative Jain-run college didn't come to her succour either.
Surprisingly, the district administration also appeared indifferent. But Hadiya says that she will fight for her rights. Government officials have been urged to take action but Dakshin Kannada commissioner hasn't issued any specific order in this regard.
Once known for its communal harmony and the Hindu-Muslim-Christian common culture, Mangalore has seen the rise of right-wing fundamentalist forces. Earlier also a girl Ayesha Amin had to face similar diktat by another college for wearing the veil.
Muslim organisations have decided to take up the issue strongly and get government to frame laws that should protect fundamental rights of citizens. Unfortunately, the row has erupted in a college run by a minority religious group's college.