During the hearing in the Supreme Court regarding the ban on hijab in educational institutions, the Karnataka government on Wednesday said that no one can be given arbitrary freedom. Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraja, appearing for the Karnataka government, said, “A balance should be struck between all religions. No one can say that he has arbitrary rights. Along with this, he also denied that the matter needs to be referred to a larger bench. The Karnataka government said that it is a matter of general discipline in educational institutions and there is no need to refer it to a larger bench.
Not only this, he told the court that the government has not imposed any kind of restriction on the hijab. He said that the government has not imposed any ban on hijab, but it has told what should be the uniform of schools and colleges irrespective of any religion. The Karnataka government said that there is no restriction on any religious activity from our side and no one is being promoted separately. AG Prabhuling Navadgi said that there is no restriction on wearing hijab in school vehicle or on campus. This is only during classes.
Meanwhile, the court has said to continue the hearing in this matter on Thursday as well. The state government told the court that if someone does not wear hijab in class, then his fundamental rights are not violated. Referring to the Supreme Court judgments on triple talaq and cow slaughter, the AG said that these things were not an essential part of Islam. Similarly, the petitioners should prove that how wearing the hijab is an essential part of Islam. He said that the government is trying to fix the uniform in schools and colleges. Its purpose is not to ban any costume, but to establish general discipline in the institute.
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