NEW DELHI: Arguing against the Karnataka government’s decision to enforce uniforms in a bid to prohibit religion-linked attire, such as hijab, in educational institutions, the Muslim side on Thursday told the Supreme Court that choice of appearance and apparel is part of a female student’s inviolable right to privacy.
In the hearing that spanned two weeks and ended Thursday, 21 advocates argued for the Muslim side challenging the basis, intent, rationale and legality of the state’s February 5 decision, which was upheld by the Karnataka HC, and six in support of enforcing uniform without religious attire.
An SC bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved the verdict on a bunch of 26 pro-hijab pleas. With Gupta set to retire on October 16, the verdict would be out before that date.
Huzefa Ahmadi, arguing for the Muslim side, said Thursday, “Banning hijab has resulted in girls dropping out of schools. If they are prevented from being educated in government institutions, they will be deprived of their fundamental right.”