Karnataka hijab ban case: Girls move SC to seek permission for taking exams in headscarf
New Delhi, February 22: A group of girls have filed a plea in the Supreme Court to allow them to take exams in Karnataka government schools while wearing hijab (headscarf).
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would take a call on listing the plea. After the Supreme Court's split verdict on the issue of the ban on wearing the headscarf, girls in hijab are not being allowed to take the exams beginning from March 9, a Bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud was told.
“They are wearing headscarf. If they are wearing headscarf they are not allowed inside the examination hall. Only on that limited aspect, the court may consider listing it on Monday or Friday,” lawyer Shadan Farasat was reported as saying by a news agency.
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The split verdict by Supreme Court
As per a split verdict delivered by the Supreme Court on the ban on wearing hijab in Karnataka educational institutions in Karnataka, one judge said the state government "is authorised to enforce uniform in schools". However, another judge calling hijab a "matter of choice".
In January, some students of Hindu college in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad were denied entry to the college for wearing a burqa despite the prescribed uniform code for the students here.
The girls alleged that their college was not letting them enter the college campus wearing burqa and are compelling them to remove it at the entrance gate.
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- With inputs from agencies