Karnataka: The controversial decision of SC of India on putting a ban on hijab in educational institutions is entrusted to the Chief Justice.
The supreme court of India has given quite a controversial verdict on the government’s decision to put a ban on hijab in educational institutions in the state of Karnataka.
While it is a matter of one’s own personal choices and decisions, the government of India somehow feels that a woman covering herself can be a major threat to the literacy rate in India. A developing country, with a lot to look after, is stuck on making a decision about whether a woman should cover her head or put her locks on display.
One of the two-judge bench, Justice Hemant Gupta, upheld the ban and dismissed the petition of the Muslim students. The other judge, Justice Siddha Nisho Dhulia, on the other hand, rejected the government’s decision as he believes that it is education that should be given importance. Justice Dhulia further said that wearing a hijab is a matter of choice for Muslim students. It is neither more nor less than that.
Justice Dhulia also expressed his concern over the impact on education of girls in India.
The government of the state of Karnataka has imposed a ban on Muslim female students wearing hijab in pre-university colleges. This was challenged by the Muslim female students in the Karnataka High Court. The decision taken by the Karnataka High Court was not in favour of the petitioners. Consequently, the students challenged the decision of the High Court in the Supreme Court.
The ban on Hijab in India, despite the millions of other problems and challenges that the people of India have to face on a daily basis, clearly shows where the priorities of the Indian government lie.