The Karnataka High Court today upheld the hijab ban in educational institutions in the state.
Dismissing various petitions challenging a ban on scarfs in educational institutions in the state, the high court underscored that wearing Hijab is not an essential religious practice of Islam.
Following the HC order, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai appealed for peace and harmony. “All students should follow the high court order and should not boycott classes or examinations. We will have to abide by the court orders and will take strict action against those who would take law and order in hands,” Bommai said.
Earlier, the high court, in its interim order, had restrained students from wearing wearing saffron shawls, (bhagwa) scarfs, hijab or any religious attires within the classroom until the final order.
Moreover, the Karnataka High Court termed the prescription of uniform as a reasonable restriction upholding the hijab ban in colleges.
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The state High Court today dismissed the writ petitions filed by Muslims girl students seeking permission to wear hijab in colleges.
Now the petitioners will move the Supreme Court after the full high court order is out.
Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir’s Omar Abdullah calls this verdict very disappointing. Earlier in January, a huge controversy over Hijab had erupted in Karnataka after an Udupi school had banned hijab inside the classrooms. This snowballed into a national issue, prompting girls to challenge the order in the Karnataka High Court.
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