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Hijab controversy: Hijab not essential practice in Islam, govt tells Karnataka HC

Amid a raging controversy over Hijab, the Karnataka government on Friday told the High Court that the headscarf does not come under the essential religious practices in Islam. Karnataka High Court has adjourned for February 21 the hearing on petitions challenging the ban on hijab in educational institutes.

“The state government has ordered that the students should wear uniforms prescribed by colleges. The state government does not want to intervene in religious matters,” the Advocate General told the full bench of the Karnataka High Court hearing the case related to hijab row in educational institutions.

The High Court is hearing a battery of petitions against a government order banning Hijab in schools and colleges. The full bench of the High Court comprises Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi which took up the case last week after a single bench referred the case to Chief Justice citing constitutional questions.

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