The much-awaited verdict has also caused concern in the Muslim community over it becoming precedent in other states.
NEW DELHI — The Karnataka High Court’s ruling upholding the ban on hijab in class has sparked massive outrage in the country. It triggered a debate on whether Courts can decide what constitutes an essential practice for a religious group.
Lets all go to Court and ask all religious symbols including Temples/Mandirs to be removed from Police Stations, Courts and Govt Offices. Now. #KarnatakaHighCourt #KarnatakaHijabRow @KapilSibal @cjpindia #HijabControversy
— Teesta Setalvad (@TeestaSetalvad) March 15, 2022
Two things destroying India the most. Hate and silence.
— Rants&Roasts (@Sydusm) March 14, 2022
1. I disagree with Karnataka High Court’s judgement on #hijab. It’s my right to disagree with the judgement & I hope that petitioners appeal before SC
2. I also hope that not only @AIMPLB_Official but also organisations of other religious groups appeal this judgement…
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 15, 2022
“Preamble to the Constitution says that one has LIBERTY of thought, EXPRESSION, belief faith, and WORSHIP. If it is MY belief & faith that covering my head is essential then I have a right to EXPRESS it as I deem fit. For a devout Muslim, Hijab is also an act of worship,” he contended.
Not at all surprising if you observe the behaviour of judiciary from #Hindutva judgement to #Babri and #Hijab verdict. Majoritarian syndrome. Of course, there are exceptions.But that proves the rule! #HijabRow
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) March 15, 2022
Mosque not essential
Hijab not essential
Friday Namaz assembly not essential.
But Mandir, Sindoor and Pujas are essential to Hinduism.
The courts bow down to the demands of rabid mobs, and you still call them “The Fringe”?
Who are you fooling, Hindus?
— Grouchy Maxx (@softgrowl) March 15, 2022
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti also expressed their disappointment at the verdict on hijab.
“Very disappointed by the verdict of the Karnataka High Court. Regardless of what you may think about the hijab it’s not about an item of clothing, it’s about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to dress.
“That the court didn’t uphold this basic right is a travesty”, Omar Abdullah said on his twitter page.
Very disappointed by the verdict of the Karnataka High Court. Regardless of what you may think about the hijab it’s not about an item of clothing, it’s about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to dress. That the court didn’t uphold this basic right is a travesty.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 15, 2022
Mehbooba Mufti said: “Karnataka HC’s decision to uphold the Hijab ban is deeply disappointing.
“On one hand we talk about empowering women yet we are denying them the right to a simple choice. It isn’t just about religion but the freedom to choose”.
Don’t fool yourself even for a second thinking this order will just be implemented within scope of schools & colleges. This will be used as precedent to further curb rights of Muslim women, a deterrent for parents fearing safety of hijabi girls and other far-reaching consequences
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) March 15, 2022
Mohammad Salman Ahmad, National President, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), said that it was not the job of courts to interpret what is essential or non-essential about any faith. “We stand with all Muslim women students who are aggrieved by the Government Order that has been upheld by the court. We are currently seeking legal opinion on possible remedies,” he said.
Campus front of India said the verdict on Hijab ban “destructs the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution”.
Why in India everyone decides what a Muslim woman should do or not do but no one asks Muslim women what they want to do?
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) March 15, 2022
The CFI warned that the BJP government was trying to implement their agenda and dehumanise a community and the High court verdict can now be a catalyst for their polarising agenda,”
Owaisi hoped that petitioners would appeal before the Supreme Court. He also hoped that All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and organisations of other religious groups would appeal against this judgment.
Meanwhile Chief Minister Basavraj Bomai urged the students to return to the classes and focus on education.