New Delhi: Criticising the Sangh Parivar led anti-hijab agitations in colleges across Karnataka, the state Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy on Thursday said hijab is not part of any religion.

During a function held in the state, the minister said Indian Constitution does not ban burqa or the hijab. He said wearing burqa is a culture.

During the past few months, some private college in Karnataka imposed ban on Muslim students from wearing burqa – their traditional dress. Rayareddy said such cases will not be tolerated.

In August, a pharmacy college banned girl students from wearing hijab inside classrooms. Later, the decision was revoked following a protest by students.