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Hijab Verdict: Karnataka High Court Says Hijab Not An Essential Religious Practice

Hijab Verdict: Karnataka High Court Says Hijab Not An Essential Religious Practice

On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court pronounced its verdict over the petitions challenging the Hijab ban in educational institutions. The court dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Muslim girls from pre-university colleges in the Udupi region seeking the right to wear hijabs as a part of their fundamental right to practice religion. A three-judge bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and comprising Justice Krishna S. Dixit and Justice J.M. Khazi pronounced its final verdict. The full bench said: “We are of the considered opinion that wearing of the hijab by Muslim women does not make up an essential religious practice in the Islamic faith,” “We are of the considered opinion that the prescription of a school uniform is a reasonable restriction constitutionally permissible which the students cannot object to,” added the bench. The court also upheld a February 5 government order that had said that hijabs could be restricted in colleges that have prescribed uniforms. 

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