Hijab Row: Hearing possible in SC after Holi on petition allowing hijab in exam

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Hijab Row: The Supreme Court may hear a petition after Holi to allow wearing hijab during exams in Karnataka. The Supreme Court on Friday assured the petitioner that it would constitute a bench on the petition and also hear it.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said it would constitute a bench and hear the matter related to the hijab issue. The petition was referred to by the Shariat Committee, which sought to allow girl students to appear in the examination wearing hijab.

Court said – will list the matter after Holi

The court said that it will list the matter soon after Holi. Please tell that the Supreme Court will be on holiday from Saturday till March 12 regarding Holi. The court will re-open from March 13. The counsel for the petitioner told the court that the examinations are after five days, so he also insisted on urgent hearing of the matter.

Let us tell you that an application was given in the Supreme Court to allow girl students to wear hijab in the colleges of Karnataka starting from March 9. The Supreme Court had earlier given a split verdict on various petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court order that had upheld the hijab ban in educational institutions. Justice Hemant Gupta dismissed the appeal while Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia allowed it.

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The matter was referred to the CJI after a split verdict.

After a split verdict, the matter was referred to the Chief Justice of India for appropriate direction. Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia were hearing a petition filed against the Karnataka High Court order that upheld the Karnataka government’s decision to direct educational institutions to prescribe dress code.

Various petitioners had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court order upholding the Karnataka government’s order. The High Court had ordered that the uniform rules of schools and colleges be strictly implemented.

When did the hijab controversy start?

The hijab controversy started in January last year when the Government PU College in Udupi allegedly denied admission to six girls wearing hijab. After this, the girl students sat on a dharna outside the college for not being given admission.

After this, boys from many colleges in Udupi started going to classes wearing saffron gamchha. The protest spread to other parts of the state as well and there were protests and agitations at many places in Karnataka. As a result, the Karnataka government mandated that all students must follow the dress code and both the hijab and the saffron headscarf were banned until an expert committee decided on the issue.

On 5 February 2022, the Board of Pre-University Education issued a circular stating that students can only wear the dress approved by the school administration. Apart from this, no other religious dress will be allowed in the colleges.

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