Hijab controversy: Muslim outfits call for a bandh today

Several Muslim organisations have called for a bandh in Karnataka today to protest against the High Court’s verdict in the Hijab controversy. Maulana Sagir Ahmad Khan Rashadi of the Ameer-e-Shariat, Karnataka, said that the bandh will be observed to express sadness over the ruling. He shared a video message in which he requested all the Muslims to listen to the order and implement it strictly. He appealed to every section of the Muslim community to participate in the bandh.

The Maulana also asked the youth to be peaceful during Bandh. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday held that hijab is not an essential religious practice and upheld the state government’s February five order banning the use of any cloth on the campus that could disturb peace, harmony and public order.

The full bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice J M Khazi was constituted after a few Muslim girl students from the coast district headquarters town of Udupi approached the High Court seeking permission to wear hijab inside classrooms of educational institutions. The petitioners, who are students from a government college Udupi, have already challenged the HC’s verdict in the Supreme Court. The top court will take up the matter after the Holi.

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