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Hijab not essential religious practice, says Karnataka HC, dismisses petitions challenging ban

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutes.

Upholding the ban, it observed that restrictions related to uniform are reasonable and that students could not object to uniformity.

The court further noted that wearing a hijab was not an essential religious practice.

It said that no case had been made out for invalidating the government order of February 5.

While pronouncing the judgment, the HC bench raised three questions, viz. Whether wearing hijab is an essential religious practice in Islamic faith protected under Article 25; whether prescription of school uniform is violative of rights; and, whether the government order of February 5 was issued without application of mind and manifestly arbitrary.

The hijab row that started after a school in Udupi refused to allow girls to wear the head scarf on the campus. They approached the HC against the order. The row quickly spread and became violent.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, refused to interfere as the Karnataka HC was already hearing cases related to the hijab ban in educational institutes.

 

Section 144 in Bengaluru, other parts of Karnataka till March 21

In anticipation of violence and protests, Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in Bengaluru and many other parts of Karnataka ahead of the HC order on hijab ban.

The order, prohibiting gathering of more than four persons at one place, will be in effect till March 21.

 

 

 

 

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