The three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi on Tuesday dismissed all petitions related to hijab case.
The prayers in a petition wherein four students sought action/ removal of principal, lecturers as well as chairman( local MLA) and vice-chairman of College Development Committee of Government College Udupi, has also been rejected.
HC says that wearing of hijab by Muslim women doesn’t form an essential religious practice under Islamic faith. HC bench also upholds the February 5, 2022 government order pertaining to dress code issued by the state government.
Ahead of the order, the state government banned large gatherings for a week in state capital Bengaluru “to maintain public peace and order”. Mangalore too banned large gatherings from March 15 to 19. Schools and colleges are closed in Udupi today.
The Karnataka High Court had temporarily banned religious clothes, including Hijab and saffron scarves, last month as the controversy snowballed into protests and a face-off between different sections of students.
The petitioners, including a dozen Muslim students, told the court that wearing the hijab was a fundamental right guaranteed under India’s constitution and essential practice of Islam. After eleven days of the hearing, the High Court had reserved its judgment on February 25.
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