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Karnataka HC Verdict is Bad Judgment, Hijab Essential to Islam: Lawyer AM Dhar | Latest India News

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Stating that the High Court’s decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court, Dhar said there was hope that justice would prevail in the end.

The Karnataka High Court’s verdict on the hijab is a bad judgment and wearing the headscarf is an essential practice in Islam, said lead attorney AM Dhar, one of the petitioners in the case.


Stating that the High Court’s decision will be challenged in the Supreme Court, Dhar said there was hope that justice would prevail in the end.

Earlier today, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a batch of petitions challenging a government order banning the hijab in schools and colleges in the state.

“Wearing the hijab is an essential practice in Islam. Karnataka HC’s verdict on hijab is a bad judgement. We will challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court. We hope justice will prevail in the Supreme Court,” Dhar was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.

In its decision, the High Court observed that the Holy Quran does not mandate the wearing of the hijab. It is “a cultural practice and used as a garment as a measure of social security”, according to the bench, made up of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi.


“At most, the practice of wearing this garment may have something to do with culture but certainly not with religion. This gains credence from Yusuf Ali’s note 3764 in verse 59 which goes as follows: ‘.. .the times were ones of insecurity (see next verse) and they were asked to cover themselves with outer clothes when walking abroad.It was never envisaged that they would be confined to their homes as prisoners,” the court said in its order.

A batch of petitions were filed against the state government‘s order in the High Court by some students after invoking the Karnataka Education Act earlier in February. The law prohibits any piece of fabric that is not prescribed by the uniform standards and undermines harmony, equality and the public in educational institutions.


This sparked intense protests and sometimes violent clashes in parts of the state, with Udupi being the epicenter. Counter-protests were also organized by some right-wing groups.

Hearings that had lasted a few days had ended on February 25 and the court had reserved judgment for today.