12 October, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
Tomorrow is expected to see a judgement from the Supreme Court on petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court’s refusal to abolish the hijab ban in educational institutions.
Supreme Court tomorrow is likely to rule on petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court decision refusing to overturn the hijab prohibition in educational institutions.
After hearing arguments for ten days, a panel of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia had reserved its decision on the appeals of the Karnataka High Court’s September 22 decision refusing to abolish the hijab prohibition.
Earlier on September 22, after listening to arguments in the case for ten days, a bench of Justices Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved their decision on the arguments.
Due to Justice Gupta’s impending retirement on October 16, the decision on these petitions is anticipated this week.
Many of the petitioners’ attorneys argued during the hearing before the Supreme Court that allowing Muslim girls to attend class while wearing the hijab would jeopardize their education because they would quit going.
The state government’s February 5, 2022 decision prohibiting the wearing of clothing that disturbs equality, integrity, and public order in schools and universities was one of several topics on which the petitioners’ legal counsel had fought.
Additionally, some supporters have contended that the case should be heard by a five-judge constitution panel.
On the other side, the state’s attorney said that the Karnataka government decree that sparked the hijab controversy was “religious neutral.”
Earlier, a group of Muslim girls at the Government Pre-University Girls College in Udupi, Karnataka, had petitioned the high court on March 15 to be allowed to wear the hijab in class, but it was denied since it is not an important component of Islamic religion.