hijab ban hearing in supreme court

New Delhi: The division bench of the Supreme Court is continuously hearing the issue of ban on hijab. Hearings on a challenge against a government order (GO) passed by the Karnataka state government continued on Monday that had allowed college development committees to ban the hijab in government colleges. In this regard, 23 petitions have been filed, some of which were filed directly before the Supreme Court, while others were appealed by special leave, challenging the Karnataka High Court’s decision to uphold the verdict. The bench comprises Justices Hemant Gupta and Sidhanshu Dhulia. During the hearing, the court also heard advocate Salman Khurshid, who argued at length that wearing the hijab was prescribed by the Holy Quran and was thus mandatory. He argued that the Karnataka High Court had misinterpreted the nature of the injunction by claiming that it was merely a recommendation when in fact it was an order expressed in the Word of God. He also argued that wearing the hijab as a cultural tradition would be protected under the Constitution, citing Article (29) 1 and sub-section (f) of Article 51A. Senior advocate Salman Khan explained that Allah revealed the revelation to the Prophet of Islam, who memorized it and then passed it on to his companions, who later wrote it down. He explained that unlike most religions, there is no obligatory or non-compulsory in Islam. He said all these are necessary as they are God’s words after all. After hearing the arguments of senior advocates Yusuf Machla and Salman Khurshid, the bench decided to list the matter for further hearing on September 14.

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