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Restriction on wearing hijab ‘reasonable’: Full text of Karnataka HC judgement upholding ban

The Karnataka High Court Tuesday stated in its verdict that wearing of hijab by Muslim women did not form a part of essential religious practice in Islamic faith.

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New Delhi: Upholding the ban on hijab, Karnataka High Court Tuesday said wearing of the headscarf by Muslim women didn’t form a part of essential religious practice in Islamic faith.

According to a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, restriction on wearing the hijab was “reasonable” and constitutionally permissible, which the students cannot object to.

The 5 February order by the Karnataka government had also stated the same, arguing that headscarf was neither a part of the uniform nor wearing it was an essential religious practice for Muslims that could be protected under the Constitution.

The verdict came on a bunch of petitions questioning the hijab ban for Muslim girls in Udupi’s PU college Karnataka’s 5 February order.

Read the full order here:


Also read: ‘Hijab not an essential religious practice in Islamic law,’ says Karnataka HC, upholds ban


 

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