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Karnataka Hc Confirms Ban;  Said it is not an essential religious practice in Islam


The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed various petitions challenging the hijab ban in educational institutions. The High Court said wearing the hijab was not an essential religious practice in Islam.

“We are of the view that the wearing of the hijab by Muslim women is not part of the essential religious practice of the Islamic faith,” the court said, adding that the school uniform requirement was a reasonable restriction to which the students could not object.

The court said: “We are appalled to see how suddenly, in the middle of the university session, the hijab issue is generated and exaggerated by the powers that be. The way the hijab imbroglio unfolded leaves room for the argument that ‘invisible hands’ are at work to cause social unrest and discord.”

The court said no case was established to invalidate the February 5 government order. The full bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi was constituted on February 9 on a petition filed by Udupi girls who prayed for them to be cleared to wear the hijab even inside the classroom with the school uniform as it was part of their faith.

The demand by a section of girls from a pre-university college in Udupi to wear the hijab in their classrooms erupted into a major row after some Hindu students showed up in saffron shawls, with the problem spreading to other parts of the state, even as the government insisted on a uniform standard.

Welcoming the court order, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi said, “I welcome the court ruling. world must maintain peace by accepting the high court order. The basic job of students is to study. So leaving all that aside, they should study and be united.

On January 1, six female college students from Udupi attended a press conference organized by Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal city to protest against college authorities denying them entry to the halls. class wearing the headscarf. This was four days after asking the principal for permission to wear the hijab in class, which was not allowed. Until then, students wore the headscarf on campus but entered the classroom after removing it, said university principal Rudre Gowda.

As the issue of hijab against saffron headscarves has spread to several educational institutions in many parts of Karnataka, the state government has announced a public holiday from February 9 to February 15 in all pre-university colleges and from February 9 to February 16 at university and degree colleges. . The girls then went to the Karnataka High Court to seek redress and overturn the February 5 government order prohibiting students from wearing any clothing that could disturb peace, harmony and public order. The full High Court formation has been hearing the case on a day-to-day basis since February 10.

In its interim order, the bench asked the state government to reopen educational institutions, which have been hit by the unrest, and banned students from wearing hijab and saffron scarves in the classroom until the final order is issued.

With PTI entries

First post: STI


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