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Hijab controversy: BJP government may change the order

Decoding Hijab Politics

Ground Report | New Delhi: Hijab controversy; Amidst the ongoing hijab controversy in Karnataka, the BJP government may make slight changes in a controversial order issued on 5 February.

Under this order, it has been said that banning hijab in government colleges will not be considered a violation of religious freedom.

Quoting sources, Indian Express said that now the government is going to make some changes in this order. However, this change will not happen immediately because the ongoing dispute in the state regarding the hijab is being heard in the Karnataka High Court.

On Thursday, when petitions challenging the ban on hijab and the government order came up for hearing before the bench, state advocate Prabhuling Navadgi sought time to respond to the arguments. In the court debate, the lawyer representing the government had to prove how this government order is not against the right to equality, religion, expression, personal liberty.

The attorney general said he would seek further instructions from the state and make submissions in court on Friday afternoon. “There is one small thing,” he told the full bench consisting of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi.

The court responded by saying that the Advocate General could start the arguments from the Statement of Objections that had already been filed by the State. But he also remarked that “if you’re going to change the government order, it’s fine.”

Sources said a state cabinet meeting, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, is due to be held on Friday, before the resumption of the hearing of the case in the High Court, and a decision on the question of the hijab could be taken.

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