The Karnataka High Court has reserved its judgment on the batch of pleas challenging the state government’s order allegedly banning the wearing of the hijab by Muslim girls in state colleges and educational institutions. However, the Court’s interim order on the hijab row led to another twist when an Amritdhari (baptised) Sikh girl was asked by her college in Bengaluru to remove her turban.
Protests by students over the hijab should be handled sensitively. It would do everyone good to read the National Education Policy which says that the aim of education is to develop constitutional values.
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday said that mediation was possible in the case related to petitions seeking quashing of Karnataka government order prohibiting them from wearing Hijab in educational institutions, only if both the petitioner and the respondents (State and College Development Committees) agree.