Bengaluru: A Muslim student went through a horrific experience when she was asked to remove her hijab and subjected to security check for around 20 minutes before entering Karnataka Assembly. The undergraduate student of journalism arrived to with her classmates to witness a Karnataka Assembly session on Wednesday when she was allegedly mistreated by security officials. The girl broke down after she was stopped from entering Karnataka Assembly because of her hijab. The Speaker of Karnataka Assembly K B Koliwad ordered an inquiry and sought a report from the chief marshal, adding that they have ‘no dress code’.
A group of students from from Christ University – a private varsity in Bangalore – visited Karnataka Assembly to watch the proceeding. A Muslim girl was stopped and asked to remove her hijab, while other students walked in. “Someone took a video of the police asking her to remove the hijab. The police allowed her to enter the assembly gallery only after the teachers assured them about the girl’s identity,” Christ Junior College Principal Fr Biju K Chacko told IANS. The girl was wearing her college uniform of western suits and long trousers, besides the hijab.
However, the girl watched the proceedings of Karnataka Assembly, a teacher accompanying the group said, “She got emotional, wanted to leave and skip the session.” Following the incident, Speaker K B Koliwad sought reply from chief marshal of the security staff. “We have no dress code in the Assembly. We will take action if there is violation of any rule,” Koliwad was quoted as saying.
According to a report of The Telegraph, an aide in chief minister Siddaramaiah’s office said marshals were wary of visitors with black clothes. “There have been instances when visitors bring black clothes to wave from the gallery and disturb the session. In this case, women staff frisked her (the student) and later let her join her friends in the gallery,” said the official. Congress MLA and minister Roshan Baig also sought help from Speaker to stop such incidents in the future.
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