The issue of hijab has also reached the eastern state of West Bengal. In Howrah, the issue between two groups of students over hijab escalated so much that the ongoing examination in a government school had to be canceled. When a group demanded to wear 'namabali' (saffron patka) during the examination. A purported video of the incident shows a small group of students wearing helmets and some people gathered at the gate of the school, while another group of students stands inside. During this, school officials and police were present there to prevent any clash between the two sides.
A spokesperson of Dhulagore Adarsh Vidyalaya said around five students wanted to enter the school wearing 'namabali' for class 12 pre-board exams on Tuesday. The spokesperson said that the students sought permission to wear a patka during the examination. She claimed that some of her classmates had worn hijabs in the previous exam. He said that the school administration has asked every student to follow the dress code to avoid any controversies.
The spokesperson said that after being informed by the school authorities, a police team soon reached the school and persuaded the students standing outside and inside the gate to return. However, the exam was canceled in view of the controversy. He said that a meeting was held on Wednesday, in which parents, the management committee, the headmaster, and the in-charge teachers were present. All agreed to restore normalcy and peace and harmony in the school. He said that a decision would be taken soon after conducting the postponed examination on some other day.