The hearing in the petitions challenging the hijab ban in Karnataka will continue in the Karnataka High Court on Monday.
The petitions hearing challenging the hijab ban in educational institutions continued today. Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi arguing on behalf of the Karnataka state, said that the practice of wearing hijab must pass the test of constitutional morality and individual dignity outlined in Sabarimala verdict by the Supreme Court.
He asserted that the state government has taken the stand that the hijab does not come under the essential religious practices in Islam.
He further went on to say that the state government has ordered that the students should wear uniforms prescribed by colleges; and that the government does not want to intervene in religious matters.
Then, the Karnataka chief justice asked the AG if there was necessity for government to suggest in preamble of order of February 5 that High Court and Supreme Court orders have said that banning of Hijabs in colleges with uniforms does not amount to violation of freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution.
According to Karnataka AG, the government order of February 5 was innocuous and not meant to suggest anything on wearing of Hijab in colleges.
The state had left the decision to respective college development committees.
Moreover, the AG also said that the state government has ordered that the students should wear uniforms as prescribed by colleges.
The AG also informed the Karnataka High Court that the uniform was prescribed in 2013-2014. But it was only in 2021 when some girls informed the principal that they will enter the institution wearing their hijab.
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