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India is a democratic country. People of all religions and sects live in harmony here. Every person has the right to perform religious work and live according to his religion. But due to some separatist forces, there are often disputes in the country regarding one thing or another. Due to these disputes, where the atmosphere of peace is disturbed, at the same time the distance between people also increases. The latest example is the hijab episode. The Hijab episode that started in Udupi in Karnataka is not taking its name to stop.

The matter has now reached the Supreme Court after the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed several petitions challenging the hijab ban in educational institutions. Karnataka High Court says students will be required to wear uniform, not hijab in schools. The court says that wearing the hijab is not a compulsory religious practice of Islam. State Attorney General Prabhuling Navadgi, appearing on behalf of the government before a full tribunal of the Karnataka High Court, said that the hijab is not a mandatory part of Islam and prohibiting its use is not a violation of Article 25 of the Hijab. Constitution.

He said that the hijab is part of appearance under the right to practice religion. The full bench includes Chief Justice Rituraj Awasthi, Justice JM Kazi and Justice Krishna M Dixit. The Advocate General said that the government order does not even violate article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. This article guarantees the freedom of expression of Indian citizens. He also said that the government’s order regarding the uniform is completely in line with the Right to Education Law and there is nothing objectionable in it. He said the uniform rule has been in place at Udupi Government Pre-University College since 2018, but the problem started when, last December, some female students asked the principal for permission to wear a hijab and go to class.

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Given this, their parents were called to the university and told to implement the uniform, but the girls did not agree and began to protest. When the matter came to the attention of the government, it made a call not to give importance to the matter and asked to form a high-level committee. But it had no effect on the girls. When the issue escalated, the government ordered on February 5 to refuse to wear such clothes, which is affecting peace, harmony and law and order.

The special thing is also that the High Court, referring to Bhimrao Ambedkar’s comment on the purdah system, said: “If there are things like veils, hijab in any community, then it can be discussed. This affects the freedom of women.” It goes against the spirit of the Constitution, which speaks of providing equal opportunities to all, participation in public life and positive secularism.”

Many wicked practices prevailing in India have deprived women of their fundamental rights. Purdah system is also one of them. Due to this practice, women had to face many problems. They were confined to the boundary wall of the house. In the Renaissance era, social reformers started a public awakening movement against these evil practices. Their positive results were seen. With the passage of time there was a change in society. Along with Hindus and other communities, Muslims have also started sending their girls to school, but their proportion is much lower compared to other communities, which is a cause for concern. Everyone has had the same rights in the country. Even in educational institutions, everyone is treated equally. The question is, why do some people want to keep themselves separate from others? In fact, the Hijab episode is a conspiracy to keep girls in Muslim society away from education. Since education brings man out of the darkness of ignorance into the light of knowledge, therefore, orthodox-minded people continue to conspire to keep women out of education, so that they cannot speak out for their rights. . The position of women in Muslim society is not hidden from anyone. When the BJP government introduced a law to ban ‘triple talaq’ in favor of Muslim sisters and daughters, educated and conscientious Muslim women openly welcomed it. Even then, conservative people strongly opposed it, but it didn’t work. This law worked to improve the lives of Muslim women. Now no man can kick his wife out of his house saying ‘triple talaq’. There is a provision for punishment for doing so.

It should be noted that many countries in Europe have partially or fully banned the wearing of hijab, which includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, etc. Wearing a burqa is also prohibited in Italy and Sri Lanka. In all of these countries, there is a provision for heavy financial punishment for violating the order.

Some people, citing the Koran on the subject of hijab, say that hijab is mentioned in many places, but are silent on the fact that none of it was said in terms of the dress code. Hijab is also not included in the five fundamental principles of Islam. In fact, religion is related to faith and belief, while clothing is related to the needs and special needs of the area. For example, people who live in a cold place who wear thick and warm clothes cannot wear people who live in a warm area. It is also worth noting that there are no restrictions on wearing a hijab or burqa anywhere in India, but why insist on wearing a hijab in institutions where the dress code is enforced?

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