Will Muslim students be allowed to wear Hijab in class? SC's decision reserved

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday resumed hearing on the pleas filed against the hijab ban in The Republic of India. After the hearing was over today, the apex court reserved the verdict. During the hearing, while Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi argued on behalf of the Karnataka government, advocate and Congress leader Salman Khurshid argued on behalf of the petitioner. A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the hijab ban.  

The hijab controversy in Karnataka started after some girl students in a government school in Udupi were not allowed to attend classes wearing hijabs. There were fierce protests in many parts of the country regarding this. The name of the radical Islamic organization Popular Front of India (PFI) was also revealed in these violent protests. The matter then reached the Karnataka High Court and the high court ruled that hijab was not an integral part of the religion of Islam, so the state government could not be directed to make it part of uniforms within schools. Bajrang Dal activist Harsha and BJP leader Praveen Nettaru were killed by radicals in Karnataka over the issue of hijab.

On the hijab controversy, the Karnataka High Court rejected the petition of Muslim students, saying that hijab is not an essential part of religion. Students in schools and colleges cannot refuse to wear uniforms. The court said that wearing a hijab is not mandatory in Islam. The court had said that the obligation on uniforms in educational institutions is a proper management. Students or scholars cannot deny it. After the verdict, the security of all the judges has been increased. In fact, this was done because a judge who ruled on the hijab case was even threatened with murder by fundamentalists. After which the issue reached the Supreme Court and after a quick hearing, the apex court has reserved the verdict today.

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