After a 10-day hearing in the Supreme Court, a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia had reserved the verdict as well as announcing the completion of the hearing on the hijab controversy.
New Delhi: Today, On Thursday the Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the Karnataka hijab ban. A bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia will pronounce the verdict. The Supreme Court has to decide whether the decision of hijab ban in Karnataka was correct or not. After a ten-day hearing on September 22, the bench had reserved the verdict on the hijab controversy. A total of 23 petitions were heard. Six Muslim girl students have also filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging the hijab ban. The Supreme Court’s decision will come on Thursday at 10.30 am.
During the hearing in the Supreme Court, there was a heated argument between the two sides, then the court also raised big questions. During this hearing, 21 lawyers argued on behalf of Muslim students and organizations.
Questions were raised on the Karnataka government. It was said that this decision is to target the Muslim community. Wearing hijab does not violate any fundamental rights. If turban, kada and bindi are not banned in school then why hijab? Hijab is within the right of religious freedom. According to a report, after the hijab ban, 17000 girl students did not take the exam or left their studies.
At the same time, justifying this decision, the Karnataka government said that this decision was taken for social unity and public order in schools. There is a conspiracy of PFI behind the Hijab movement. Hijab is not an essential part of religion. Even reasonable restrictions on fundamental rights are possible. When Muslim girls wore hijab, students from other communities came wearing saffron shawls.
The Supreme Court also raised big questions on the government during the hearing. If uniform colored caps are allowed, why not hijabs? How does hijab threaten public order and unity? The High Court was not to go into the compulsory practice. What will happen in institutions where there is no uniform? Any person has the right to practice religion, but the question is, can this right be applicable even in a school with a prescribed uniform? Can a student wear a hijab in a school where there is a prescribed dress? You may have the right to follow any religion, but can you practice that religion in a school where there is a prescribed dress?
Earlier, the Supreme Court had agreed to examine the Karnataka hijab ban case. The court had issued a notice to the Karnataka government and sought its response. The Karnataka High Court on March 15 ruled that wearing the hijab was not a mandatory part of religious practice in Islam and dismissed petitions by Muslim girl students to allow them to wear the hijab in classes.
The court also upheld the ban on hijab in educational institutions in the state. The full bench of three judges said that the uniform rule is a reasonable restriction and is constitutionally accepted, on which the girl students cannot raise any objection.