On January 1, six girl students from a university in Udupi protested against school authorities who barred them from classrooms while wearing headscarves.
A bench of three judges from Karnataka’s Supreme Court today upheld the state government’s order banning the wearing of hijab or religious scarves in government-run educational institutions. In issuing the verdict, the HC noted that students cannot object to uniforms while wearing hijab is not an essential religious practice in Islam.
Thus, the HC upheld the government order effectively forbidding the wearing of hijab in educational institutions. The three judges of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Judges Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi considered that the uniform requirement constitutes a reasonable limitation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression under Article 19(1)(a). They also noted that, contrary to the petitioner’s arguments, the government has the power to issue the warrant and thus there is no reason to invalidate the warrant.
The High Court had reserved the verdict for February 25 after an 11-day marathon hearing. The Supreme Court had issued an interim injunction on the first day of the hearing ordering students not to wear hijab or saffron scarves or hoist religious flags while attending classes.
On January 1, six girl students from a university in Udupi protested against school authorities who barred them from classrooms while wearing headscarves. They attended a press conference organized by the Campus Front of India (CFI) and made the matter public. This was four days after they urged the principal to allow them to wear hijab in class, which was not allowed.
The girls then approached Karnataka’s Supreme Court to seek relief and overturn the Feb. 5 government order banning students from wearing clothes that could disrupt peace, harmony and public order. The case first went to a single judge, who then referred it to a larger court. The full bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Judge Krishna S Dixit and Judge JM Khazi, was assembled on Feb. 9 to hear the case.
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