Karnataka High Court delivers its verdict on Hijab casePhoto : APBengaluru/ New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court, on Tuesday, upheld the hijab ban and said that wearing the hijab is not an essential religious practice in Islam. Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Ritu Raj Awasthi said that wearing a hijab does not for essential religious practice in the Islamic faith. The High Court’s verdict was received with mixed reactions from across the political spectrum. While BJP leaders welcomed the decision, opposition leaders criticized the verdict, some slamming it as a ‘denial of constitutional right’ to women and some, demanding an appeal.To happen in other states too: BJP spokesperson Prakash”What happened in Karnataka (banning hijab) will happen in other states too. People should have thought about it before going to court,” said BJP spokesperson S Prakash.Compelling gurls to wear hijab is ‘wrong’: Roopa GangulyBJP MP Roopa Ganguly welcomed the Karnataka High Court’s hijab verdict and said that compelling girls to wear Hijab just because they are Muslims is ‘wrong’.Disappointing: Mufti”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,” said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.Go back to schools: NCW chairpersonNational Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma welcomed the judgment and requested the students to respect the verdict and go back to schools and colleges.Travesty: Omar AbdullahNational Conference chief and former chief minister of J&K Omar Abdullah said that he was ‘very disappointed with 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,” Abdullah said in a tweet.Must appeal: OwaisiAIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that he disagreed with Karnataka High Court’s judgment on the hijab. “It’s my right to disagree with the judgment & I hope that petitioners appeal before SC… it has suspended fundamental rights to freedom of religion, culture, freedom of speech, and expression,” he added.
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