Udupi Hijab Row: Two girls barred to attend PUC exams

Udupi (Karnataka):

Two girls who were wearing Hijab (headcover) were allegedly barred to attend PRE-University College (PUC) examination here on Friday. The administration cited the court’s order for denying entry wearing religious attire in the educational institutions. 

The two girls  namely Alia and Resham, were among the petitioners who had approached the Karnataka High Court against the hijab ban in education institutions.

The girls collected their hall tickets and reached to the exam hall wearing Burqa (veil) but they had to returned as the authorities stopped them to enter in the colleges.  

They implored the authorities to allow them in the exam hall for nearly 45 minutes but could not convince the administration. 

A bench of Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khazi earlier dismissed a batch of petitions that sought permission to wear Hijab in the educational institutions. 

The court ruled that the prescription of uniform is a reasonable restriction that students could not object to.

Afterwards, several PILs were filed in the top court challenging the ruling of Karnataka High Court on the issue over wearing Hijab in the educational institutions. 

One of the PILs said the High Court in its impugned order “had vehemently failed to apply its mind and was unable to understand the gravity of the situation as well as the core aspect of the essential religious practices enshrined under Article 25 of the Constitution of India”.

Few days before the commencement of exams in the state, Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat, appeared for the petitioner who submitted that students would lose a year as authorities are not allowing their entry in educational institutions with hijab. 

To which, the Supreme Court asked the counsel not to sensationalise the issue.


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