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Hijab Row: Karnataka High Court reserves judgment in pleas filed by Muslim girl students

Lawstreet Journal 26 Feb 2022 8:20pm

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After 11 days of hearings, a Karnataka High Court bench reserved its decision on a number of petitions filed by students seeking to exercise their right to wear hijab in educational institutions. On petitions challenging the state government's order, effectively banning the wearing of hijab in educational institutions in the state, a full bench of the Karnataka High Court, consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi, reserved judgement.

The court asked the petitioners to file written submissions, if any, before the Bench. The Chief Justice of the High Court, Ritu Raj Awasthi, who is part of the three-judge bench, told the lawyers earlier on Thursday that the arguments should be completed by Friday. He also requested written submissions from the parties within two to three days.

Meanwhile, Devadatt Kamat, in his rebuttal argument, stated that his client attends a co-educational college where she was admitted two years ago. According to him, she had been wearing a Hijab since she started college, but the limitation was abruptly enforced, and she was obliged to stop wearing it.

Kamat told the court that he is not asking for any general declaration on Hijab that it is part of an essential religious practice but his contention was the government order on February 5, which barred everyone from wearing clothes that could disturb peace, harmony, and public order. According to him, the General Order cannot stand and it has to be quashed.

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