Hijab Ban Row: Taking a jibe at the issue of Hijab Ban in Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) Karnataka chief CM Ibrahim today compared Hijab to Pallu.. Giving his argument, the leader asked if Indira Gandhi covered her head with a pallu, so those who cover their faces with a veil, do they all have the support of the PFI?
In fact, he was asked by the media that the Islamic organization Popular Front of India (PFI) was behind the massive protest against the hijab ban in the state. To this, he said,”President Draupadi Murmu also covered her head with a pallu, so is this a PFI conspiracy? Covering the head with pallu is the history of India. It is a culture of India.”
He further said that no Rajput woman in Rajasthan shows her face. She also wears a long veil, but can it be banned as a Muslim custom? He said that there is only language difference between hijab and pallu, but the function of both is same.
Supreme Court hearing today
The Karnataka government today told the court that the PFI was behind the protest against the hijab. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before a bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta that no student was insisting on hijab till 2022. Mehta said the movement on the hijab was part of a “larger conspiracy” hatched by the PFI to create social unrest.
The Karnataka government defended the Karnataka High Court’s decision to ban religious dress inside educational institutions, arguing that”hijab is not a mandatory practice and constitutionally opposed by women in Islamic countries.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Karnataka government, said,”There are countries which are constitutionally Islamic in nature. Even there women are opposing the hijab.”
Meanwhile, the petitioners challenging the hijab ban argued that the hijab is an “identity” of Muslims. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave said that religious practice is what the community does as part of its religious belief.
#WATCH | Bengaluru, Karnataka: Former PM Indira Gandhi used to wear a ‘pallu’, even the President of India wears a pallu, this is culture of India. Is that ‘ghoonghat’ a conspiracy by PFI? Whether it’s hijab or pallu, it’s the same: JD(S) state president CM Ibrahim pic.twitter.com/tiODmV3ll1
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Dave replied, “In my respectful dedication, the school is the most respected place. It is also a place of worship.” He added, even the prime minister wears a turban on his head on August 15.
The controversy over the hijab in educational institutions erupted in January when the government-run PU College in Udupi barred six girl students from wearing the hijab, citing a uniform code.