The Karnataka government told the Supreme Court that there is no restriction on wearing hijab on the school campus. It is only restricted in the classroom while defending its decision to disallow hijab in classrooms of pre-university colleges. It also emphasized that it has not touched any “religious aspect” in the hijab ban row.
Advocate General Prabhuling K. Navadgi, representing the Karnataka government; contended before a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia. That it has never happened in Karnataka that a group of students came to school in hijab and began banging the gates. As the bench queried if it started in one school and then spread, Navadagi said yes.
The AG said France has prohibited hijab and the women there have not become any less Islamic.
“There was a possibility of a public order issue,” he said; and emphasised that restriction on hijab was only in the classroom and when it was asserted militantly that they want to wear hijab and retaliated by others, it became a concern. He said that it has to be demonstrated that wearing a hijab is a right to expression. And right to privacy is still evolving jurisprudence and can’t be exercised in all zones. The AG said France has prohibited hijab and the women there have not become any less Islamic. He added that the state has not touched any religious aspect or religious issue. Much hue and cry is made by saying that hijab is banned. Let me clarify, hijab is not banned and the state never intended,” he said