The hijab controversy has been going on in the state of Karnataka for a few months now. However, the Karnataka high court has finally given their verdict to the petition asking for a reversal of the original ban on hijab in a college in Udupi.

As per the court, the hijab is not essential practice in the Islamic religion and that the new guidelines by the college regarding the school uniform are reasonable and the students cannot go against it.

What Did The Karnataka HC Say?

On Tuesday, 15th March 2022, a three-judge bench of chief justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, justice Krishna S Dixit and justice JM Khazi gave the verdict on the hijab row. They dealt with three questions, as stated in a Hindustan Times report went like

“whether wearing hijab is an essential religious practice under the Islamic faith protected under Article 25 of the Indian Constitution;

whether the prescription of school uniform is a violation of the student’s rights under articles 19 (A) (freedom of expression) and 21 (right to privacy);

and the government order dated February 5, “issued without application of mind with manifestly arbitrary”.

Chief justice Awasthi speaking outloud the verdict said, “We are of the considered opinion that wearing of a hijab by Muslim women does not form part of the essential religious practice in the Islamic faith. The answer to the second question is that we are of the considered opinion that prescription of a school uniform is only a reasonable restriction, constitutionally permissible, which the students cannot object to. The answer to the third question is that the government has the power to issue an order and no case is made of its invalidation.”

Obviously, the next step is going to be to contest this verdict in the Supreme Court. Anas Tanwir, a Supreme Court lawyer, also posted about this on his Twitter writing “Met my clients in Hijab matter in Udupi. Moving to SC soon In sha Allah. These girls will In sha Allah continue their education while exercising their rights to wear Hijab. These girls have not lost hope in Courts and Constitution.” 

Given how sensitive and controversial this whole issue was, social media has been a ragging mess of extreme reactions where those who supported the ban are rejoicing or putting down the other community while those who were against it are extremely disappointed by the ruling and claim that this is against democracy and beyond just being Islamophobic would only hurt the girl students whose education will be deeply affected due to this.

Some also state that this ban could then be misused in a wrong way and would only encourage more discrimination of the community.

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Sources: The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, BBC

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