Hijab Row: SC to hear appeals challenging Karnataka HC order tomorrow
New Delhi/UNI: The Supreme Court will hear a batch of petitions on Monday challenging the Karnataka High Court's verdict that ruled wearing Hijab was not an essential practice in Islam.
On Monday (August 29), a two-judge bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta and also comrising Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia will hear the batch of appeals against the Karnataka High Court's order upholding the ban on wearing Hijab in educational institutions.
The Karnataka High Court had passed a judgment on March 15, dismissing the petitions filed by a group of Muslim girl students against the Pre University (PU) government college for denying them entry while wearing Hijab.
The High Court bench led by Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi, while dismissing the petitions, in its verdict stated that the wearing Hijab was not an essential practice under Islam and thus does not fall within the ambit of Article 25 of the Constitution of India.
The Karnataka HC had also held that prescription of school uniform is only a reasonable restriction, which is constitutionally permissible which the students cannot object to and stated that the government had the power to issue such notification and that no case was made out against the government notification.
After that various petitions had been filed before the Supreme Court challenging the March 15, 2022, judgment passed by the Karnataka HC, upholding the State Government's order of February 05, 2022, which has effectively prohibited petitioners, and other such girl Muslim students from wearing the headscarf in their PU colleges.
A Full Bench of the Karnataka High Court, comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna Dixit and Justice JM Khazi, in its judgement had held that wearing Hijab by women was not an essential religious practice of Islam.
The petitions filed before the Supreme Court sought setting aside the Karnataka High Court's order and allowing the wearing of Hijab in educational institutions.