In the midst of the halal debate where some right-wing organizations have asked Hindus not to use halal meat at the ‘Hosa Tadaku’ festival, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra on Thursday said those who do not respect the constitution and court rulings should be taught a lesson. . The minister’s remarks came as a section of Muslims called for a statewide shutdown against the Karnataka High Court’s verdict on the hijab, which rejected the plea of Muslim students at Udupi Government Girls Pre-University College who sought permission to wear the hijab. School uniforms in the classroom.
The girls who appealed to the High Court claimed that the hijab challenged their essential religious practice and government order prohibiting any clothing that could disturb peace, harmony and order. “Those who do not respect the Indian constitution and say that the court judgment does not apply to them should be taught a lesson. We sincerely tell them that you will not act like this in this country. No one hates you and we have to live. Just like brothers,” He told reporters here. The minister said the government has a limited role in the halal issue, which is left to the discretion of the people.
Gyanendra said the ‘boycott halal food’ campaign was not a law and order situation but something related to beliefs and feelings, “which everyone knows.” He further wondered why some people blamed the BJP for the propaganda, which was related to beliefs and feelings and personal preferences. The minister has blamed the intellectuals, not others, for giving speeches only to Hindus. “Secularism is in our blood,” he said. A day after the Ugadi festival, which falls on April 1, a section of Hindus who eat non-vegetarian food organize a ‘hosa tadaku’ where they cook meat. The Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and various Hindu organizations have been conducting door-to-door campaigns against the use of halal meat. They also distributed leaflets.
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