- Karnataka High Court temporarily restricts religious clothing in educational institutions.
- Petition against restraining order filed with the Supreme Court of India.
- Apex court refuses to hold immediate hearing on petition.
NEW DELHI: In the recent turn of events following the hijab row controversy in the Indian state of Karnataka, the preliminary orders of a court in Karnataka have been challenged in the Supreme Court of India, Geo-news local media reported Friday.
The Karnataka Supreme Court on Thursday banned religious clothing in educational institutions until it rules on petitions to rule out the hijab ban recently imposed by some schools.
Today, a petition has been filed in the highest court to challenge the restraining orders.
The petitioners have argued in their plea that the Supreme Court orders are an attempt to deprive Muslim female students of their basic rights and a violation of Articles 19 and 25 of the Indian Constitution.
However, the Indian SC immediately refused to hold a hearing on the petition.
“The court is observing the proceedings of the Karnataka High Court and whatever is happening in Karnataka,” the court noted, adding that it would hear the case at an appropriate time.
It warned lawyers not to make the hijab row controversy a national affair.
Mob in India bullies Muslim hijabi woman
Controversy had intensified when a video of a woman, Muskan, being harassed by more than 100 male students wearing saffron scarves went viral on social media.
The video caused a stir among people in which Muskan, who was wearing the hijab, could be accosted by a “saffron-scarf-clad mob” who chanted “Jai Shri Ram” (victory to Lord Rama) as she entered her university, according to India Today.
In response, the woman chanted “Allah Hu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest) and turned her back to the crowd.
The incident has received a massive response from Pakistan and India, both from Muslims and Hindus.