• Karnataka Hijab Row Update: HC verdict today, schools closed, 144 imposed in Bengaluru

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    On Tuesday, a full bench of the Karnataka high court will decide on petitions pertaining to the Hijab ban debate.

    Digital Desk: On Tuesday, the Karnataka high court is expected to head on petitions challenging the state's prohibition on Hijab at educational institutions.  The issue concerns a group of girls at a Udupi pre-university college who demanded that they wear Hijab on campus, which escalated into a significant disgrace when several students showed up wearing saffron shawls. The controversy expanded throughout the state, with the state administration insisting on a uniform standard for all students. At 10.30 a.m., a three-judge panel consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khazi will hand down their decision. The bench had postponed its decision on February 25, following a marathon hearing that began on February 10. The debate erupted in December 2021, when the Government Pre-University College in Kundapura published a circular prohibiting hijab wear in the classroom. This restriction resulted in some pupils being denied school access, causing widespread outrage. The petitioners had taken the case to court, requesting that they be permitted to wear the Hijab in educational institutions where uniforms have been the standard for decades.  Wearing a Hijab has been the subject of heated debate on both sides about whether it is a 'essential religious practise' protected under Article 25. The judges were also informed of the Campus Front of India's (CFI) nefarious activities during the trials. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were issued in Bengaluru city the day before the judgement and would remain in effect for a week.  According to sources, more than 10,000 police officers will be stationed throughout the city, with a reserve police force and a local armed reserve force also on duty. Furthermore, the DCPs have been instructed to monitor social media. BFC-new-banner Also Read: IPL 2022: BCCI makes rule changes, introduces multiple DRS, Covid-19 allowances

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