Everyone’s constitutional rights will be protected, Supreme Court said on hijab controversy

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New Delhi : In the matter, the Supreme Court on Friday said that it will protect the constitutional rights of every citizen. The top court said it will consider the petitions challenging the Karnataka High Court’s direction asking students not to wear religious clothes of any kind in educational institutions.

Monday listing request
Senior advocate Devdutt Kamat, appearing for the students, appealed to Chief Justice N. V. Ramana that the High Court order has “suspended the fundamental right to practice religion under Article 25 of the Constitution”. He also requested to list the petition for hearing on Monday.

CJI said – we will look into it
Referring to the ongoing hearing in the matter, the top court said, “We will protect the constitutional rights of every citizen and consider it at an appropriate time.” On Kamat’s request for an urgent hearing on the petition, the Chief Justice said, “We will look into it.” A three-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court hearing the issue of hijab on Thursday asked students not to insist on wearing religious clothes in educational institutions till the disposal of the matter.

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No provision of penalty for violation of uniformEarlier, student-petitioners challenging the ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions had told the Karnataka High Court on Thursday that the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 does not provide for any punishment for violation of uniform. Advocate Sanjay Hegde, appearing for the girl students of Kundapura, before the Full Bench of the Karnataka High Court, submitted that the penal clause prescribed in the Karnataka Education Act, 1983 is largely confined to the college management.

Saffron shawl spread chaos after hijabIn response, state Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi said that when girls started coming to colleges wearing hijabs, some other students started coming wearing saffron shawls, leading to chaos. As a result, the state declared a holiday for three days in schools and colleges till Friday. Advocate General Navadgi also said that the educational institutions have fixed the school uniform based on the instructions of the state government.

[Attribution to NBT]

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