Karnataka: The Karnataka High Court pronounced its judgment in the hijab case today.
The court has upheld the government’s order and dismissed petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutes.
In January this year, a huge controversy was triggered in the state after an Udupi school banned hijab inside the classrooms, prompting girls to challenge the order in the Karnataka High Court.
The court had reserved its judgment in the case on February 25. Since then, there have been protests, allegations and counter-allegations.
The three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi delivered their verdict on the ongoing hijab controversy at 10.30 am.
The three-judge bench said that wearing of hijab by Muslim women doesn’t form an essential religious practice under Islamic faith. HC bench also upholded the February 5, 2022 government order pertaining to the dress code issued by the state government.
Ahead of the hijab row verdict, Section 144 was imposed in Bangalore and educational institutions were also closed.