Temple trust continues burqa ban in Kukke Subramanya college

The controversy over the ban of burqa on the campus of a degree college run by a temple trust in Kukke Subramanya does not seem to cease with the college management defying the district administration and continuing with the ban.

Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda said the Kukke Subrahmanya Temple administration, which runs the college, had not revoked the rule as a written order had not reached the college. “On Thursday evening, the Joint Director of the Directorate of Technical Education sent a letter to the college asking them to revoke the new rules.”

Out of 685 students at the Kukke Shri Subrahmanyeshwara First Grade College, 15 are Muslim girls.

While in the previous years, the students could change out of their burqas on the campus, the new rule enforced on September 22 prohibited them from entering the campus in burqas.

As the temple trust comes under the Endowment Department, Mr. Gowda, who is also the head of the Department here, issued an order to immediately revoke the rule. However, the temple management had stood by the amended rule, and boards were put up at the college – as confirmed by local media on Thursday – reinforcing the ban, stating that “a written order had not come.”