HC Ruling Gives Setback To Students In Hijab Row, Likely To Move SC
The Karnataka High Court has given its verdict on the hijab case. It has dismissed all writ petitions filed by Muslim girl students seeking permission to wear hijab in colleges and challenging the government order of February 5th. This decision has come from the Full Bench of High Court Of Karnataka.
The court said that hijab is not a compulsory practice of Islam.The three judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi delivered their verdict on the ongoing hijab controversy at 10.30 am today.
The court said that the February 5 order of the Karnataka government is not unconstitutional.
The court was responding to three key questions on the dispute:
1. Is wearing the hijab a necessary religious practice in the Islamic faith protected under Article 25?
2. Whether ordering school uniforms is a violation of rights?
3. Was the government order on February 5 issued without hesitation and clearly arbitrary?
The bench heard the matter for 11 days before reserving the verdict on February 25. On the first day of the hearing, the court had passed an interim order directing Muslim girl students not to wear hijab, and Hindu students saffron shawls or use any sort of religious clothing.