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‘Allow hijab matching uniform colour,’ students request Karnataka HC | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Students who had moved court against the Karnataka government’s order against wearing hijab in class, pleaded to be allowed wearing hijab matching the colour of the school uniform.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Devadatt Kamat told the full bench of the Karnataka High Court that even Central schools like Kendriya Vidyalayas allow hijab in class.
“Headscarves are an essential religious practice, and restricting its use was violating Article 25 of the Indian Constitution,” Kamat said.
According to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, “Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.”
It further says that nothing in it should affect the operation of any existing law or prevent the state from making any law regulating or restricting any economic, financial, political or other secular activity which may be associated with religious practice and regulating or restricting any economic, financial, political or other secular activity which may be associated with religious practice.
Kamat also argued that the college committee that has disallowed hijab in classes was “an extra constitutional authority and a third party,” and cannot decide on dress codes.
He pointed to the fact that some Muslims girls have been wearing the hijab since their admission in the college two years back. The current conteoversy erupted only after some other students started sporting a piece of cloth that is perceived to have a religious context.
The court will resume hearing again on Tuesday.
High schools in Karnataka reopened on Monday, amid prohibitory orders in Udupi and sensitive areas of Dakshina Kannada and Bengaluru, after being closed for a few days over the hijab controversy.
The Karnataka High Court, in its interim order pending consideration of all petitions related to the hijab row, had requested the state government to reopen educational institutions and restrained all students from wearing saffron shawls, scarves, hijab and any religious flag within the classroom.





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