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Karnataka HC refers hijab case to larger bench

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Bengaluru: The single-judge bench of Karnataka High Court on Wednesday referred the case regarding the ongoing hijab controversy to a larger bench.

Earlier in the day, several Muslim women had taken out a massive protest rally against the Karnataka government’s ban on headscarves at educational institutes.

They demanded that the ban be withdrawn.

The court had on Tuesday started hearing the petitions seeking relief from the ban and continued it on Wednesday.

However, the court refused to pass interim order allowing girls with hijab to attend colleges.

It subsequently referred the matter to a larger bench.

With violence over the hijab controversy escalating, the Karnataka government had announced a three-day holiday in high schools and colleges.

Several instances of violence have been reported across the state since the start of the controversy.

Education minister BC Nagesh said on Wednesday that the government would hold its ground and not compromise on the matter.

The matter has also had triggered intense debates on social media as well as other public forums.

Reacting to the controversy, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted, “Whether it is a bikini, a ghoonghat, a pair of jeans or a hijab, it is a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear.  This right is GUARANTEED by the Indian constitution. Stop harassing women.”

 

 

 

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