On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court gave an important verdict on the Karnataka Hijab controversy. The High Court has dismissed the petitions challenging the hijab ban in school colleges. The court has said that wearing the hijab is not a part of the compulsory practice of Islam, so it is okay to force schools to wear a uniform, which students cannot protest.
In the Karnataka High Court, the girls of Udupi had moved the High Court against the government’s order banning the wearing of hijab in schools and colleges. A bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khaji was constituted for a hearing on this. In their petition, the girl students said they should wear hijab even inside the class, as it is part of their faith.
At the same time, after the decision of the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, Anas Tanveer, the lawyer for these girl students of Udupi, said that they would soon file a petition in the Supreme Court against this decision of the Karnataka High Court.
Karnataka CM said – will respect the decision.
After the High Court decided on the Hijab controversy, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said this decision would be respected. According to India Today, Bommai said,
“We respect the decision of the High Court. Education is essential for the students. Everyone should observe the declaration of the High Court. Keep the peace.’
On the other hand, on the decision of the court, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said,
‘I welcome the court’s decision. I petition everyone that the state and the government have to move on. Everyone keeps maintaining stability by following the order of HC. The student’s job is to study. Study bypassing Hindu-Muslim casteism. Do not create any controversy. This is why we say that students should concentrate on their studies.
Tight security arrangements were made
Tight security arrangements were made across Karnataka even before the High Court’s decision on Tuesday. Section-144 has been set in Koppal, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Davangere, Hassan, Shivamogga, Belgaum, Chikkaballapur, Bangalore, and Dharwad. Schools and colleges were closed in Shivamogga. Apart from this, the security of the residence of the High Court judges hearing this case was also increased.
What is the Hijab Controversy?
The controversy over the hijab in Karnataka started in January 2022. Here is a government university in Udupi; 6 girls wore hijab. The college administration forbade the girl students to wear the hijab, but they still wore it. On the strong protest from the college, these girls held a press conference.
They protested against the college administration. After this, a controversy started from Karnataka to the whole country regarding the hijab. Demonstrations were held in schools in support of and against the hijab.
After this, the matter reached the High Court and the Supreme Court. On February 11, the Supreme Court said that the action on this matter in the Karnataka High Court is completed first; only then will it hear it.