The Supreme Court today rejected an early hearing on pleas challenging the Karnataka Supreme Court’s ruling on the Karnataka government’s ban on hijabs in classrooms. The petitioners sought an early list of the issue with reference to upcoming school exams.
The chief justice of India reprimanded lawyer Devdutt Kamat, who represented the applicant-Muslim student Aishat Shifa, and asked him not to “sensationalize the issue”.
Mr Kamat sought an urgent list of the case, saying students are being denied the option to wear hijabs while appearing for exams. He said the exams start on March 28 and the student will lose a year because the authorities do not allow access with a hijab.
“It has nothing to do with exams. Do not make the issue sensational,” the CJI said while also refusing to accept any intervention from Attorney General Tushar Mehta.
On March 16, the Supreme Court agreed to list after Holi the pleas challenging the Karnataka Supreme Court order on hijab bans in educational institutions.
On March 15, the Karnataka High Court upheld the state government’s ban on hijab in classrooms, saying it was not an essential religious practice of the Islamic faith. The issue of hijab is being generated and blown out of proportion by the powers that be, the high court said, adding that “some invisible hands are at work to bring about social unrest and disharmony”.
The issue of the ban on hijab has turned into a national controversy as political parties have become an opportunity to attack their rivals. Many students have said that they will now have no choice but to drop out of public schools, and the limiting cost of private education will mean that they will not continue with school at all.
The five young women from Karnataka’s Udupi – whose petition to allow hijab in classrooms was rejected by the Supreme Court – told the media that they were “denied fundamental rights” and that they were “betrayed by the country”. bird. They insisted that the issue of hijab, which “had to be resolved at a local level, had now gained political and common undertones,” they said, however, that they would not leave college because of the setback.
A police case was opened last week against unknown individuals for allegedly threatening the chief justice of the High Court in Karnataka over the order banning the hijab. The state government said it would give “Y-category” security to all three judges who gave the verdict on the hijab matter.
In an initial information report, lawyer Umapathi S claimed he had received a video message on WhatsApp giving a “public threat of murder” to Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi.
The quarrel started in December last year when students at a school in Udupi refused to remove headscarves and discontinue their use despite requests from teachers. Five students then went to court.
As the protests spread, some of the students showed up in saffron scarves, arguing that they were also linked to religious identity. Dalit students adopted blue to show support for hijab.