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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has adjourned the appeal case against the Karnataka High Court order banning the wearing of hijab in educational institutions for an unspecified date.
The High Court of Karnataka heard the case against the state government’s order banning the wearing of hijab in educational institutes of Karnataka and said, “Hijab is not a fundamental matter of Islam. Imposing specific restrictions on the matter of uniform is not an act of deprivation of fundamental rights. The state governments have the authority to issue appropriate instructions on matters of uniform.” had given judgment. An appeal was filed in the Supreme Court against this judgment by some Muslim students and on behalf of the All India Islamic Private Law Board.
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These appeals came up for hearing today in a session presided over by Supreme Court Justice Hemant Gupta. At that time, the petitioners said, “If wearing clothes is a fundamental right, then not wearing clothes is also a fundamental right. Cross, Rudraksha etc. are religious symbols. Why should only hijab be banned when students come to educational institutions wearing them?” argued that
The judges then intervened and said, “Cross, Rudraksha etc. are not visible. At the same time no one takes off their shirt to check these. But hijab is uniquely visible.”
At that time, the petitioners said, “If a government says that religious symbols should not be worn in educational institutions, it should be applicable to all religions. The judgment of Karnataka High Court is like a judgment written against minorities.
At that time, the Karnataka government argued, “The purpose of the uniform is not to make others feel inferior by wearing a certain type of dress. It is on that basis that the ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions has not been imposed on the basis of religion. This is a general action beyond religion.”
After all arguments were completed, the judges adjourned the case for judgment without specifying a date.