University of Madhya Pradesh orders investigation after student in hijab offered namaz in class: The Tribune India


Sagar (MP), March 26

Dr Harisingh Gour University (HGU), a central university located in the city of Sagar in Madhya Pradesh, set up a commission of inquiry on Saturday after a right-wing outfit submitted a video of a student in hijab allegedly offering namaz in a classroom.

Local Hindu Jagran Manch activists submitted a memorandum to the university along with a video, demanding action.

HGU Registrar Santosh Sahgaura told PTI he received the complaint and the video clip.

“A five-member committee has been set up to look into this matter. The committee will submit a report within three days and further action will be taken based on its report,” he said.

HGU media officer Vivek Jaiswal said there was no formal dress code for students, but students were required to attend “basic ethical dress” classes.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Neelima Gupta, said she told the students that “religious activities should be carried out at home or in religious places so that the atmosphere of study at university can be maintained”. Hindu Jagran Manch Sagar Unit Chairman Umesh Saraf told PTI that the girl in the video has been attending conferences wearing the hijab for a long time.

“Such religious activities should not be allowed in educational institutions. She had been coming in a hijab for a long time but was spotted offering namaz in a classroom on Friday afternoon. This is reprehensible because educational institutions are places for (members of) all religions,” he said.

Saraf also referred to the recent Karnataka High Court order on the Hijab-in-educational institution line.

Meanwhile, local Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders recited ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at a temple on the university campus on Saturday.

VHP city chairman Kapil Swami said that while members of a community are allowed to offer religious prayers on campus, others can also do the same.

If such incidents happen again, the VHP will be forced to launch an agitation, he added.

On March 15, the Karnataka High Court dismissed petitions seeking permission for female Muslim students to wear the hijab or headscarf inside classrooms, observing that it is not part of the core religious practice of Islam.

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