Karnataka’s Hijab row performed out for the fourth day within the Excessive Courtroom on Wednesday, with the Chief Justice listening to arguments from Muslim women who’ve challenged restrictions on sporting the non secular headscarves in lecture rooms.
Arguing on behalf of one of many petitioners, advocate Ravi Varma Kumar requested the judges why the Hijab was being singled out when there have been “lots of of non secular symbols from dupattas, bangles, turbans, crosses and bindis” worn by individuals every single day.
“I’m solely displaying the huge range of non secular symbols in all sections of the society. Why is the federal government choosing on hijab alone and making this hostile discrimination? Bangles are worn? Are they not non secular symbols? Why are you choosing on these poor Muslim women?” he stated.
“That is solely as a result of solely of her faith that the petitioner is being despatched out of the classroom. A bindi sporting lady just isn’t despatched out. A bangle sporting lady just isn’t. A Christian sporting cross just isn’t touched. Why solely these women? This can be a violation of Article 15 of the structure,” Mr Kumar stated.
“Ghoongats are permitted. Bangles are permitted. Why solely this (Hijabs)? Why not the turban of a Sikh, the cross of the Christians?” he stated.
“No different non secular image is taken into account… Why solely hijab? Is it not due to their faith? Discrimination in opposition to Muslim women is solely on the premise of faith and therefore a hostile discrimination,” Mr Kumar argued.
Protesting cases the place college students have been punished or faraway from class for sporting the hijab – even on Wednesday, the lawyer stated, “We aren’t permitted. We aren’t heard however punished immediately. Can or not it’s extra draconian? Can they be referred to as lecturers?”
“It is stuffed with prejudice due to the faith. No discover, immediately despatched out of the classroom, by individuals with out authority,” he stated.
“Judicial observe is to be taken that Muslim women are least represented in lecture rooms. If they’re shut out on this pretext, will probably be very draconian,” Mr Kumar stated.
The arguments within the case come amid simmering pressure in Karnataka the place late final 12 months, college students have been prevented from sporting the Muslim headband, sparking protests and counter demonstrations involving saffron scarves which have since unfold to different states.
In an try to calm tensions, Karnataka’s state authorities quickly closed faculties final week however have been opening step by step over the past two days.
The Karnataka Excessive Courtroom has imposed a short lived ban on the sporting of all non secular symbols in faculties whereas it considers the headband ban.