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What is the Hijab Issue that made Muslim Leaders go for Bundh?

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   17 March 2022 5:59 AM GMT
What is the Hijab Issue that made Muslim Leaders go for Bundh?
Not happy with the High Court refusing to strike down the ban on Hijab in educational institutions, a few Muslim leaders and outfits in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Karnataka had decided to go for a bundh to stand in solidarity with the students who are fighting for their religious rights.

Let us get into the details of the controversy and why it is in the news for various reasons. We have to go back to a couple of months to know what happened. An incident is the inception of the controversy which is still burning.

Back in January this year, a few Muslim students were asked to remove their Hijab while entering the campuses or else they will not be permitted to enter the institutions. A few students have followed the rules, while a few protested against this.

The schools and colleges told the students that uniformity should be followed in the institutions and hence they cannot be allowed to wear hijab.

With the Muslim students saying that they will continue to wear hijab, a few Hindu students have launched a counter-protest by wearing saffron shawls with a demand that uniformity should be followed.

Weeks after the controversy, the High Court said no to religious attire for all the religions and the uniform prescribed by the educational institutions should be followed.

However, the controversy did not end there as protests erupted in various parts of Karnataka and other states as well. To show their support for the Mulsim students, several Muslim groups have staged protests in other states like Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, and others.

The Karnataka High Cout heard a bunch of petitions daily over the issue and recently said that wearing Hijab is not an essential practice in Islam and hence the court cannot issue directives to allow the students to wear them. The bench also said that the government can prescribe the uniform code.

Keeping up the fight against the issue, a student had knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court. When the lawyer requested the Apex Court to hear the petition on an urgent basis as exams are approaching, the Supreme Court said that the petition would be heard after the Holi festival. All these developments made the Muslim leaders and organizations go for a bundh.