Several politicians, including Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, said the order must be implemented after the Karnataka High Court upheld the prohibition on wearing the hijab at educational institutions on Tuesday, while others called it “very regrettable.”
A full bench of the Karnataka High Court dismissed a group of petitions brought by Muslim females from a pre-university (PU) institution in the state’s Udupi area, which sought the right to wear hijabs or headscarves inside classes along with uniforms. The headscarf is not an essential religious practise in Islam, according to the court. The state government’s ban last month provoked Muslim student and parent rallies, as well as Hindu student counter-protests.
B C Nagesh, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education in Karnataka, stated they will strive to win over the “misguided” Muslim females who are opposed to the move and “bring them into the mainstream of education.” “I am confident that the girls will attend college and finish their studies because the people of Karnataka neither speak out against nor oppose the court’s decision.” These girls, in my opinion, were misled. They’ll be ‘fine’ in the coming days,’ Nagesh said, according to news agency PTI.
He also stated that the deficiencies in the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, will be addressed, particularly the issue of school uniforms.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, on the other hand, resorted to Twitter to call the Karnataka High Court decision “very disappointing,” emphasising that the case was not only about religion but also about freedom of choice. “The decision of the Karnataka High Court to uphold the Hijab prohibition is very disheartening. On the one hand, we talk about women being empowered, but we deny them the chance to make a simple choice. “It’s not just about religion; it’s about freedom of choice,” Mufti said on Twitter.
Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), claimed the hijab judgement will have a “negative influence on Muslim women,” calling it a breach of fundamental rights such as freedom of religion. “Modernity is not about rejecting religious rituals,” Owaisi continued. What’s the big deal about wearing a hijab?”
DK Suresh, a member of the Karnataka Congress, questioned the high court’s ruling, claiming that the Constitution embraces Islam and that this went against it.