The case took longer than usual. After eleven days of hearings and several weeks of deliberations, on Tuesday, March 15, the Karnataka High Court gave its verdict on wearing hijab at school, and it is unlikely that the weather will calm down. The court rejected their request, barring them from wearing headscarves and accessing classes, challenging the gruesome decision of their school to imprison young Muslim girls from this South Indian state. The judges ruled that there was no hijab “An Essential Religious Practice in the Islamic Faith”. Petitioners complained “I am unjust” This decision and the decision to appeal to the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the country.
The ruling coincides with the Karnataka government’s decision on February 5 to ban middle and high schools from wearing the hijab. “In the interests of the public order, unity and solidarity of the country”. In support of their ban, schools announced school rules imposing dress codes on students, to which Muslim families competed. The judges, on the contrary, confirmed that the purpose of the settlement “Create a safe environment (…) The ideals of equality should be immediately known to all students.
The controversy, which started in Udupi at the end of 2021, later spread to other districts of Karnataka. Activists of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical nationalist organization with a strong presence in the region, supported the ban and sparked tensions in the hope of electoral gains, including in five Indian states. Uttar Pradesh, the largest state, has called for elections to renew their regional assembly. Demonstrations and protests Protests erupted over the weeks against Hindus and Muslims.
To defend its position, the BJP banned French secularism and the wearing of the headscarf in France. But Indian secularism is very different from French secularism. In the first case, bringing religions together, and in the second, a question that supports the neutrality of public space. Since the coming to power of Narendra Modi, the intertwining of religion and political power has increased. The Prime Minister of India is constantly engaged in Hindu rites and ceremonies. India is an increasingly secular country.
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