“Pending consideration of all such petitions, we prohibit all students, regardless of religion or faith, from wearing saffron (Bhagwa) shawls, sashes, hijabs, religious or other flags in the hall. of class, until further notice,” a three-judge judge said. bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said in a seven-page interim order. Judges Krishna S Dixit and Khazi Jaibunnisa Mohiuddin are the other members of the bench.
The order also said, “We call on the state government and all other stakeholders to reopen educational institutions and allow students to return to class at the earliest.” The bench, however, clarified that the order is limited only to institutions where college development committees have prescribed a dress code or uniform for students.
Petitions challenging the government’s February 5 notice that requires students to stick to prescribed uniforms will be heard in front of the bench on Monday. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, refused to hear claims by a student, who sought to challenge High Court restrictions on wearing the hijab, among other religious attire.
Karnataka has witnessed protests from sections of Muslim girls after their colleges refused them entry on the grounds that they wore the hijab.
After hearing from the petitioners’ lawyers on Thursday, the Chief Justice said they would like schools and colleges to reopen, but students should not insist on wearing religious attire until the case is resolved. outstanding.
Meanwhile, five IIMB faculty members wrote to the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Friday urging it to “learn suo moto of reports of intimidation of female Muslim students because of religious dress. Women of all religions face patriarchal restrictions of one kind or another.Certainly, we cannot tolerate such practices and we must work with men, women and religious leaders to bring about change. But targeting a religious practice is not acceptable.”
“As you must be aware, evidence globally and from India shows that education is the most effective tool for women’s empowerment and wider social development. The atmosphere of Fear and intimidation will make parents reluctant to send their daughters to schools and colleges,” the letter addressed,” said Commission Chairperson Rekha Sharma.
Meanwhile, students at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru also issued a statement urging Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to act against “mob harassment of students and ensure a positive and safe environment” in schools and schools. colleges. “The entire student community across the country looks to you with hope and optimism,” the students said in the letter, adding that they stand in solidarity with students who have been harassed by mobs and denied education due to of their clothing.