Hijab Row: Full Bench of Karnataka High Court to hear Petitions today

Hijab row Law Insider

Mitali Palnitkar

Published On: February 16, 2022 at 15:51 IST

Karnataka High Court Full Bench will continue the Hearing of a batch of Petitions filed against the Hijab Ban in Educational Institutions.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi will hear the matter at 2:30 pm today.

On February 11, the Court requested the State to reopen the education institutions as early as possible. It also restrained the students from wearing religious clothes in classrooms irrespective of the religion they belong to while the matter is pending before the Court.

Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat representing the aggrieved students made extensive arguments on February 14.

It was argued that the right to wear Hijab is an essential religious practice under Islam and thus the State was not empowered to interfere with their rights under Articles 14, 19 and 25 of the Constitution.

On February 15, Advocate Kamat stated that the State Government’s declaration that wearing a headscarf (Hijab) was not protected under Article 25 of the Constitution was totally erroneous.

It was also stated that the State government’s conduct in delegating to the College Development Committee to take decision upon whether to allow wearing headscarves or not in education institutions was totally illegal.

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