Recently in the High Court of Karnataka, a petition has been filed by a girl student for a ban on wearing hijab in a college in Karnataka, in which the girl student has said that she and other female Muslim girl Students are being discriminated against by the college because they are being denied entry for wearing their hijab.
The girl studies at the Government PU College, Udupi. The girl student said that when she and other Muslim Girls go to college wearing hijab, they are excluded from attending classes.
She said that the college was discriminating against them only one of the reasons, that they wear hijab. They are being denied entry to the campus and classrooms. We are ensured by the Indian Constitution both the freedom of conscience and the right to religion. Wearing a Headscarf is a mandatory practice of Islam and its own accord. This violates their fundamental right to practice religion under Article 25.
They have to face college discrimination. They were also denied the right to education, were not allowed to go to class, due to which they could not even study. This way, they were evicted from the college, they are being looked down upon amongst their batch mates, which have hurt their mental health, feelings and also affected their Future.
Wearing the Hijab is a personal part of Islam, and Article 25(1) of the constitution, provides an individual with the right to profess, practice, and propagate his religion.
The girl said, “Wearing the hijab is our Islamic belief and practice. There will be a fundamental change in the character of our religion if the practice of women wearing the hijab is done away with.”
Recently, the Kerala government has issued an order in which they have said that wearing a hijab or anything highlighting religious symbols cannot be allowed as a police cadet (SPC) project uniform.