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K’taka hijab row: 3 HC judges who delivered verdict to get Y-category security cover

By Priyanka Verma 
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K’taka hijab row: 3 HC judges who delivered verdict to get Y-category security cover

New Delhi: The Karnataka government on Sunday ,March 20, decided to give a ‘Y’ category security to all the three judges of the Karnataka High Court, who had pronounced the verdict in the hijab row, after they received death threats.

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“We’ve decided to give ‘Y’ category security to all three judges who gave the Hijab verdict. I have instructed DG and IG to probe the complaint filed in Vidhanasoudha PS thoroughly in which some people gave life threats to the judges,” Bommai was quoted as saying by news agency.

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Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said,” I instructed DG and IG to probe the complaint filed in Vidhanasoudha Police Station thoroughly in which some people gave life threats to the judges.

The development comes a day after two people were held in connection with issuing death threats to the Special Bench judges of the Karnataka High Court. The arrests were made after multiple complaints were lodged against the accused in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Earlier this week, the high court had ruled that “wearing of hijab is not essential in Islam” in line with the state’s order that restricts the wearing of headscarves in classrooms, which triggered protests. Upholding the state’s authority to prescribe uniform in educational institutions – under the Karnataka Education Act – the court had declared that “adherence to dress code is a mandatory for students”.

The order has now been challenged in Supreme Court, which is likely to hear the petitions after the Holi break. “Give us some time…we will see after the Holi vacation,” Chief Justice NV Ramana had said during a hearing.

On Tuesday, soon after the high court order, the Karnataka chief minister had appealed for calm, saying, “The honourable three-bench high court has given its verdict…the uniform order by the government is upheld…[it said]…hijab is not part of essential religious practice of religion. Therefore, I request everybody in society, parents, teachers, students, and those who are concerned about education…whatever the high court has said we have to see it is implemented and peace and order are maintained…”

The state’s February 5 executive order had led to massive protests and counter-protests across the state and in several other cities across the country.

In its 129-page judgment, the three-judge bench – headed by chief justice Ritu Raj Awasthi – held that Quran does not mandate wearing of hijab for Muslim women and that the attire “at the most is a means to gain access to public places” and a “measure of social security”, but “not a religious end in itself”.

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