Hijab ban to continue in K’taka schools and colleges until SC verdict: Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh said on Thursday that the Karnataka High Court order upholding the state government’s hijab ban on school and college campuses will stand valid after a split Supreme Court verdict on the matter.

The Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on a series of pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court’s ruling refusing to lift the hijab ban in educational institutions in the state.

While Justice Hemant Gupta dismissed the appeals against the High Court verdict, Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia upheld them.

At a time when there is a movement against the hijab and burqa across the world and women’s freedom is a topic of discussion, the government of Karnataka expected a better judgment that will put some order in the education system, but a split verdict has come, Nagesh told reporters.

The case has now been referred to a higher court, Nagesh said, adding that the Karnataka government will await the verdict from a higher court.

”The order of the Karnataka High Court will stand. Therefore, in all our schools and colleges, the education law and rule of Karnataka will leave no room for religious symbols. Thus, our schools and colleges will operate as per the order of the High Court of Karnataka. Children will have to come to schools accordingly,” Nagesh said.

”The hijab ban will continue. As you know Karnataka education law and rule does not allow any religious articles inside the classroom. So we are very clear that no student can wear the hijab inside the classroom,” Nagesh explained.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said he saw the hijab verdict in the media where one judge rejected the petition while the other rejected the Karnataka High Court order.

”There is a split verdict and the case has gone to the Chief Justice’s Bench. It depends on the decision taken by the CJI. The Karnataka government is awaiting an order from the CJI,’ Jnanendra told reporters.

On January 1 this year, six female college students from Udupi attended a press conference organized by the Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal city to protest against college authorities denying them entry. in classrooms wearing the hijab.

This was four days after they asked the principal for permission to wear the hijab in class, which was not allowed. Until then, students wore the headscarf on campus, but entered the classroom after taking it off, university principal Rudre Gowda said.

”The institution had no rules on wearing the hijab as such and since no one had worn it in class for the past 35 years. The students who came with the request had the support of outside forces,” Gowda said.

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

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