Hijab Row Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Next Week Karnataka High Court Said That Wearing Of Hijab Not Mandatory ANN

SC on Hijab Controversy: The Supreme Court has said that...

SC on Hijab Controversy: The Supreme Court has said that the Karnataka Hijab case will be put up for hearing next week. Prashant Bhushan, the counsel for one of the petitioners, who filed a petition against the decision of the Karnataka High Court, today requested for an early hearing on the matter. On this, Chief Justice NV Ramana (CJI NV Ramana) assured a hearing next week. Earlier on 26 April also, the court had said for an early hearing on the matter. But before the summer holidays, the matter could not be resolved. Today the petitioner again placed the request for hearing in the court.

What is the matter?

On March 15, the Karnataka High Court ruled that women wearing hijab is not a mandatory part of Islam. A bench headed by High Court Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi had also said that the state government’s order to ensure complete observance of uniforms in schools and colleges is correct. Along with this, the High Court had dismissed the petition of the students saying that Hijab is part of the right to religious freedom.

The matter reached the Supreme Court

As soon as the High Court’s decision came, Manal and Niba Naaz, two students from Udupi, Karnataka, challenged it in the Supreme Court. Apart from this, many other girl students including Fatima Sifat also filed an appeal on the same day. It was said in these petitions that the decision of the High Court violates the fundamental right to religious freedom enjoyed by every citizen under Article 25 of the Constitution. Just as Sikhs are exempted from wearing helmets under the Motor Vehicle Act. Similarly Muslim girls should not be stopped from wearing hijab in school and college.

Who else has filed a petition in the Hijab case?

Apart from these girl students in the Hijab controversy, organizations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Samasta Kerala Jamiatul Ulema have also filed petitions. The lawyers who filed the petition in the case had earlier tried to hear immediately 3 times. He had said that the High Court’s decision is having an impact on the education of girl students. These girls, who consider hijab compulsory, are not able to appear in the examination also, but the Supreme Court did not consider it necessary to put the matter for immediate hearing.

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