Petition to wear hijab in class: Student moves India’s Karnataka HC

Women BD Desk:

A student of a girl’s pre-university college in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has moved the state High Court with a plea to allow the right to wear hijab inside the classroom.

The writ petition was filed on behalf of the student Resham Farooq, represented by her brother Mubarak Farooq, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

The petition says the student’s right to wear a hijab is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 14 and 25 of the Constitution and is an essential practice in Islam.

The petitioner also seeks to permit her and fellow students to attend classes wearing hijab without any interference from the college administration.

The petition says the college at Udupi has denied entry to eight students. These students were denied their fundamental right to education as they were wearing hijab, it adds.

The actions of the college administration are unconstitutional, arbitrary and exclusionary in nature, the petition says.

The first hearing on the petition is likely this weekend.

Udupi legislator and college development committee president K Raghupati Bhat, who met the students at the college who are protesting for the right to wear hijab, yesterday said that students with hijab would not be allowed inside classrooms as per the decision of the state education department.

Karnataka is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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