Muslim bodies in Karnataka call for strike on Thursday against court verdict on hijab

Bengaluru, March 16 (KMS): Muslim organisations in the Indian state of Karnataka are observing ‘bandh’ (strike) in the state on Thursday against the verdict of the High Court upholding the ban on wearing of hijab by Muslim students in educational institutions.

The High Court had on Tuesday dismissed all the petitions seeking direction to the government for allowing hijab inside classrooms. The court had also stated that wearing hijab is not an essential part of Islam.

The Amir-e-Shariat of Karnataka, Maulana Sagir Ahmad Khan Rashadi, on Wednesday gave a call for a state-wide strike on Thursday, which has been supported by hundreds of organisations across the southern state.

“Expressing our anger against the sad order of the Karnataka High Court regarding hijab, a state-wide bandh will be observed on Thursday,” Rashadi stated, as he appealed to the entire Muslim community to support the bandh between 6 am and 6 pm on Thursday.

The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Campus Front of India (CFI) have also supported the bandh call. Both the organisations maintained that the High Court verdict is against the constitutional rights of an individual.

The CFI office-bearers said that the High Court ruling is against the individual and religious rights.

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