tirsdag 15. mars 2022

Hijab verdict: Karnataka high court upholds ban in schools and colleges

A high court in India's Karnataka state has ruled that the hijab is not "essential" to Islam in a landmark case that could have implications across the country. The court also upheld a state government order that had banned headscarves in classrooms. The verdict follows a months-long, divisive row over the hijab.

A Karnataka college's decision in January to bar entry to Muslim girls wearing the hijab had sparked protests. The issue soon snowballed, forcing the state to shut schools and colleges for several days. The matter reached the high court after some Muslim women protesters filed petitions arguing that India's constitution guaranteed them the right to wear headscarves. The court dismissed these pleas, saying that the state government had the right to prescribe uniforms for students.