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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Karnataka government seeking an explanation in an appeal against the ban on the wearing of hijab in educational institutions in Karnataka.
Last February, the Karnataka government banned Muslim female students from wearing hijab in educational institutions. Hearing the case against this on March 15, the Karnataka High Court said, “Wearing hijab is not an essential practice in Islamic law. Therefore, the ban imposed on wearing hijab in educational institutions will go.”
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Against this, the Muslim students filed appeals in the Supreme Court. In these petitions, “Karnataka government is acting with a different attitude on the issue of hijab. This has affected the education of thousands of Muslim girls. Court and government cannot interfere in religious matters. It was emphasized that the verdict of the Karnataka High Court is a way of taking away the right granted by the Constitution. And they have filed petitions 6 times since last April that these petitions should be investigated as urgent cases. In this case, the then Chief Justice N.V. Ramana ordered to set up a separate session to investigate this case.
In this case, these appeal petitions came up for hearing yesterday in the Supreme Court in the presence of a session consisting of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudanshu Thulia. Advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha, appearing for the petitioner, said, “Thousands of Muslim girls can go back to college only if these petitions are treated as urgent cases and investigated. He argued that the case should be investigated quickly considering the future of the students.
Following this, the judges said, “We order to send a notice to the Karnataka government to explain about the hijab ban. The Karnataka government can take a decision on the investigation of the case after it files its reply,” he said. After Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “We accept the notice”, the next hearing of the case was adjourned to September 5.