karnataka hijab ban: Hijab ban to continue in Karnataka schools and colleges till SC verdict: Education Minister


Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh on Thursday said the Karnataka High Court’s order upholding the state government’s ban on the use of hijab in schools and college campuses will remain valid following the Supreme Court’s split verdict on the matter. The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on a series of pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict refusing to lift the ban on hijab in the state’s educational institutions.

While Justice Hemant Gupta dismissed the appeals against the Supreme Court verdict, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia allowed them.

At a time when there is a worldwide movement against hijab and burqa and women’s freedom is under debate, the Karnataka government was hoping for a better judgment that would bring order to the education system, but the verdict has come in a divided way, Nagesh told reporters.

The matter has now been referred to a high bench, Nagesh said adding that the Karnataka government will wait for the verdict.

“The order of the High Court of Karnataka will remain in force. Therefore, in all our schools and colleges in Karnataka educational activities and rules, there will be no scope for any religious symbols. So our schools and colleges will function as per the order of the High Court of Karnataka. Children. he will have to come to the schools accordingly,” Nagesh said.

“The hijab ban will continue. As you know, the Karnataka Education Act and Rules do not allow any religious element in the classroom. So we are very clear that no student can wear the hijab inside the classroom,” explained Nagesh.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said he saw the hijab verdict in the media where one judge rejected the petition and the other rejected the Karnataka High Court’s order. “There is a split verdict and the matter has gone to the High Court bench. It depends on the decision taken by the CJI. The Karnataka government is waiting for the CJI’s order,” Jnanendra told reporters.

On January 1 this year, six girl students of the Udupi university attended a press conference held by the Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal town, protesting that the university authorities were denying them entry into classrooms wearing hijabs.

This was four days after they asked the principal for permission to wear the hijab in unauthorized classes. Until then, students wore the headscarf on campus, but after removing it they entered the classroom, college principal Rudre Gowda said.

“The institution had no rules about wearing the hijab, and for the last 35 years no one wore it in the classroom. The students who came with the request were protected by outside forces,” said Gowda.

The High Court upheld the Karnataka government’s decision to ban the hijab on school and college campuses.

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