The Karnataka High court on Friday reserved its verdict in the batch of petitions filed by Muslim girl students challenging the government order (GO) which effectively bans the wearing of hijab in educational institutions in the State.
The news: After hearing the matter for eleven days the judgment was reserved by a Bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi.
- Senior Advocate Yusuf Muchchala, appearing for one of the petitioners made rejoinder submission, arguing
- We have only asked that we should be permitted to cover the head with a piece of cloth. It is not right for the college to prevent us from doing that, he said.
- The question of essential religious practice cannot be imported from freedom of conscience, Muchchala further added.
- In the counter, the state government defended its order. Citing several Supreme Court’s judgment, the state said wearing hijab is not essential religious practice under Article 25 of the Constitution.
- Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadagi argued that petitioners-students have placed zero materials to substantiate their claim to declare that wearing hijab is an essential religious practice.
- On February 10, 2022, the bench passed the interim order restraining all the students regardless of their religion or faith from wearing saffron shawl (Bhagwa), scarfs, hijab, religious flags, or the like within the classroom, pending consideration of the petitions.
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