Omar, Mehbooba express disappointment over the court verdict on Hijab
By: Tariq Shah VOV
Expressing their dismay and disappointment two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir have said that the latest court verdict on the Hijab has basically only upheld the BJP government’s order by virtue of which they have banned the entry of girls students wearing Hijab to the state run schools in Karnataka.
Omar Abdullah took to twitter to express their sentiments over the court decision upholding the ban on Hijab. Omar Abdullah said in his tweet, “Very disappointed by the verdict of the Karnataka High Court. Regardless of what you may think about the hijab, it’s not about an item of clothing, it’s about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to dress”.
Besides holding Hijab to be not essential part of Islam, the Karnataka high court, among others also ruled that prescribing uniform was not a violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and 25 of the India Constitution.
Mehbooba Mufti said that the court decision has come as a surprise because on one hand the judiciary talks about the freedom to the girls and women while on the other hand the court has now intervened even in the dress code of the girls who go to different educational institutions. She said that the recent television coverage of the events in South India in which it was shown how hoodlums were chasing the girls wearing Hijab is a disturbing trend in the society.