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Hijab Ban: Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia Deliver Split verdict; Case Referred to CJI

Hijab Ban: Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia Deliver Split verdict; Case Referred to CJI

Today, the two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia, delivered a split verdict in the Karnataka Hijab ban case. While Justice Hemant Gupta dismissed the petitions against the Hijab ban and upheld the judgment of the Karnataka High Court, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia allowed them by saying, “I respectfully disagree with my brother judge”. Justice Dhulia said: “It’s ultimately a matter of choice and nothing else. Uppermost in my mind was education of the girl child. I respectfully disagree with my brother judge,” Justice Gupta said that there is a divergence of opinion who asked 11 questions to the petitioners before dismissing their plea and said he agrees with Karnataka High Court’s order. Now, as the Supreme Court bench delivered a split verdict on the Hijab ban case, the case will be placed before a three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Uday Umesh Lalit, for hearing. For the unversed, the Karnataka High Court had earlier banned students from wearing a Hijab on educational campuses on February 5. However, the Hijab ban was challenged by Muslim girl students, which the High Court dismissed on March 15. Lawyers representing the petitioners said that stopping a Muslim girl from wearing Hijab in the classroom would compromise her education as she might stop attending classes. However, the Karnataka High Court had ruled out that wearing a Hijab inside the classroom was not an essential practice in the Islamic religion. 

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Delhi Government Raises Minimum Wages For Skilled, Unskilled And Semi-Skilled Workers, Citing Inflation 

The Delhi Government on Wednesday raised minimum wages for skilled, unskilled and semi-skilled workers citing the reason of inflation. The revised wages for skilled workers is Rs 20,357 from Rs 20,019. For unskilled workers, the salaries have been raised to Rs 16,792 from Rs 16,506. The wages for semi-skilled workers have been increased from Rs 18,187 to Rs 18,499. “Delhi government now pays the highest minimum wages to labour classes across India. The increase will give respite to the labour class, which is suffering from the adverse impact of inflation. On chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s directions, the government has increased the dearness allowance of labourers,” said a Delhi government spokesperson. General Secretary of the Indian Federation of Trade Union (IFTU), Rajesh Kumar, has said that while the state government has increased the wages, it is still the bare minimum. Meanwhile, the minimum wages for the supervisor and clerical cadre have also been increased.

DMK Protests in Tamil Nadu Against Central Government’s ‘Hindi Imposition Policies’ 

After a Parliamentary panel recommended that Hindi should be made the medium of instruction in centrally-run educational institutions, Tamil Nadu’s ruling party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) youth and students wing have announced statewide protests in Tamil Nadu. The DMK youth wing Secretary Udhyanithi Stalin announced a protest against the central government’s Hindi imposition policies. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin also condemned the union government against the alleged imposition of the Hindi language. He also listed out sacrifices made by youngsters in history against Hindi imposition and said not to impose another language war. On October 10, Stalin tweeted: “If implemented, the vast non-Hindi speaking population will be made second-class citizens in their own land. Imposing Hindi is against the integrity of India. The BJP government would do well to learn lessons from the anti-Hindi agitations in the past.” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that efforts to impose Hindi are unacceptable. For the unversed, the official language committee of the Parliament, in its report, recommended that the Hindi language should be made a medium of examinations conducted for central services and make it a compulsory language of study in centrally-run educational institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM). 

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India Abstains From Vote In UNGA Resolution Of Condemning Russia’s Illegal Annexation of Four Ukrainian Regions 

On Wednesday. the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned Russia’s attempted illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions. It also, with a majority, demanded its immediate reversal. This was the first sign of strong global opposition against Russia, which is trying to capture its neighbouring country Ukraine’s territory. The UNGA vote was 143-5 with 35 abstentions. US President Joe Biden said that the vote demonstrates the world “is more united and more determined than ever to hold Russia accountable for its violations.” “Russia cannot erase a sovereign state from the map”, and it “cannot change borders by force,” he further added. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia appealed to countries to vote against the resolution saying that “it is a politicised and openly provocative document”. Along with Russia, North Korea, Belarus, Syria, and Nicaragua voted against the UN resolution. Meanwhile, maintaining its earlier stance, India again abstained from voting. Other countries that did not vote were China, Pakistan, Cuba and 19 African countries. While UNGA has approved four resolutions criticising Russia’s action over Ukraine, they are not legally binding. The United Nations Security Council, whose resolutions are legally binding, cannot take any action on the Russia-Ukraine war due to Russia’s veto power which it used on September 29 to block condemnation of Moscow’s attempts to annex Kyiv.  

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