Karnataka High Court Upholds Hijab Ban; Appeal Filed to India’s High Court

The Karnataka high court has upheld the hijab ban in educational institutions, saying that it is not a mandated religious practice in the Islamic faith.

As of February 10, the Karnataka High Court had already prevented female students from wearing saffron shawls, scarves, hijab, and religious flags during class until the final order was delivered.

According to the Karnataka High Court, they dismissed the batch of petitions by some Muslim girl students from Udupi that wanted to wear Hijab inside classrooms, because there was no evidence on record to prima facie show that wearing the headscarf was required in their religion.

“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,” announced Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi said that Karnataka High Court’s hijab ruling violated fundamental rights to freedom of religion, culture, freedom of speech, and expression.

“If it is MY belief & faith that covering my head is essential then I have a right to EXPRESS it as I deem fit. For a devout Muslim, Hijab is also an act of worship,” said Owaisi.

Niba Naaz, a Muslim student from Karnataka has filed a Special Leave Petition at the Indian Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court’s Hijab judgment advocate Anas Tanwir.

According to Naaz’s petition, the hijab ruling violated the freedom of expression and is protected under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution while the right to wear Hijab is a right to privacy which is protected under Article 21.

Naaz also explained that the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 does not mandate uniforms and the formation of a ‘college development committee’ that could regulate uniforms.


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