Karnataka high court upholds government order on headscarves in India.
Written by News Room on March 16, 2022
A High court in India’s Karnataka state has ruled that the hijab is not essential to Islam in a landmark case that could have implications across the country.
The court also upheld a state government order that had banned headscarves in classrooms.
The verdict follows a months-long, divisive row over the hijab.
A Karnataka college’s decision in January to bar entry to Muslim girls wearing the hijab had sparked protests.
The issue soon snowballed, forcing the state to shut schools and colleges for several days.