Ban on hijab: Justice Katju thinks that Justice Dhulia is right!

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Ban on hijab in Karnataka schools

I met Supreme Court Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia at a lunch in India International Centre, New Delhi today.

I asked him why held as illegal the ban on hijab by the Karnataka Government in Karnataka schools ? The other judge on the bench, Justice Hemant Gupta, upheld the ban, so now in view of the split verdict, the CJI will nominate a 3 Judge bench.

Justice Dhulia said many Muslim girls are from poor families, whose parents are very conservative, and will not allow their daughters to go to school without a hijab. He was of the view that education was absolutely essential for a child, even if that was possible only by wearing a hijab.

Justice Dhulia’s reasoning has made me change my mind about hijab in schools.

Earlier I was of the view that hijab should be totally banned, as it was an outdated feudal practice. But I think Justice Dhulia is right. If the choice is between going to school with a hijab, and not going to school at all, I prefer the former. Education is absolutely essential for all children, whether with hijab, or without it.

Justuce Markandey Katju

(Justice Katju’s FB post with courtesy)

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Justice Markandey Katju
Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former Supreme Court judge of India who served as chairman of the Press Council of India. He is the founder and patron of the Indian Reunification Association (IRA), an organisation that advocates for the peaceful reunification of what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh with India under a secular government.