An English teacher working as a visiting teacher has resigned from her post after she was asked to avoid the hijab while teaching in Tumakuru district of Karnataka on Friday. “It’s about self-respect. I can’t teach without the hijab,” lecturer Chandini said after stepping down.
“I have been working at Jain PU College for three years as a visiting lecturer. During these three years, I had no problem and worked normally with ease. But, yesterday my manager called me and told me that classes should be conducted without hijab or any other religious symbol. For the past three years I have been teaching classes wearing hijab, it hurt my self-esteem and I no longer wanted to work in this college. Therefore, I resigned voluntarily,” she said.
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In her resignation letter, Chandini said she was resigning because she was asked to remove her hijab which she had worn for three years in college. “The right to religion is a constitutional right that no one can deny.” She said, “I condemn your undemocratic act.”
College authorities declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, many netizens who came across his resignation letter raised questions about the speaker’s language skills.
The hijab dispute in Karnataka has turned into a major controversy. Across the state, students have begun to agitate and protest against college principals’ decision to deny permission to attend classes while wearing a hijab. A special bench constituted by the High Court is hearing the case and the government has said that after the verdict it will issue a specific rule regarding the wearing of the hijab.
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