The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to conduct urgent hearing on appeals challenging the Karnataka High Court order on wearing of hijab by female Muslim students in government educational institutions in the state.
The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday put the ball in the court of education institutes, stating that since hijab is an essential part of Islam, it is the discretion of these institutes to decided on the dress code, and that the government has the power to issue an order, so no case is made out for disciplinary action against it.
The Karnataka state government’s order on hijab has raked up the issue of constitutional morality and minority rights. Is the State empowered to interfere with religious practises? Has there been a discrimination on the basis of religion?