NEW DELHI ( Associated Press) — Two Indian Supreme Court judges on Thursday banned the wearing of hijab in schools, the headscarf worn by Muslim women, sending the sensitive issue to a larger court of three or more judges to decide. .
Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia issued a split judgment after hearing petitions filed by a group of Muslims against the decision of a high court in the state of Karnataka. The state court refused to suspend a government order issued in February barring people from wearing clothes that undermine equality, integrity and public order in schools and universities.
Karnataka State Education Minister BC Nagesh on Thursday said the ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions in the state will continue till the High Court settles the issue of whether Muslim headscarf is a necessary religious practice in Islam.
The controversy began earlier this year, when a government school in Karnataka’s Udupi district banned hijab-wearing students in classes, protested by Muslims, who said they were being denied fundamental rights to education and religion. Is.
Hindu students protested in contrast, wearing saffron shawls, a color closely associated with that religion and favored by Hindu nationalists.
Other schools in the state followed similar restrictions, and the state’s high court banned students from wearing the hijab and any other religious dress. Muslim groups petitioned the Supreme Court to rule against the ban.