On Monday, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging a Karnataka High Court decision prohibiting the wearing of hijabs in educational institutions.
The Board, in its petition, called the move “erroneous,” claiming that it will “lead to discrimination against Muslims in general, and Muslim girls in particular, whose right to education will be denied.” “…there is consensus amongst religious scholars of all schools of thought, namely Hanafi, Maliki, Shafai, and Hambli, that it is ‘wajib’ (mandatory), a set of obligations, which if not followed, he/she will commit “sin” or become a “sinner,” the petition said, referring to the Hijab.
A full bench of the Karnataka High Court dismissed a batch of petitions filed by Muslim girls in Udupi’s pre-university colleges seeking the right to wear hijabs in class on March 15. Wearing the hijab “does not constitute an essential religious practice in the Islamic faith,” according to the HC, and freedom of religion under Article 25 of the Constitution is subject to reasonable limitations.
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