Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Monday has vehemently protested against the Karnataka High Court verdict that prohibited Muslim girls from wearing Hijab.
Students of Aligarh Muslim University Monday has vehemently protested against the Karnataka High Court verdict that prohibited Muslim girls in the state to wear Hijab on college/university campus.
A large number of students took out a foot march from varsity’s Arts Faculty to Bab e Syed protsting against the Hijab ban.
In a memorandum submitted to the President, students said, “we the students of AMU, strongly oppose the Karnataka Government order and the Karnataka High Court judgment restraining Muslim girl students from wearing ‘hijab or headscarves’ in the schools and colleges. It creates a vague prohibition against clothes that disturb equality, integrity and public law and order. Such a prohibition makes no legal sense as it weakens the natural fabric of India as enshrined under the preamble of Indian Constitution. Unity in diversity is one of the distinguishable features of India, being the largest democratic system in the world.”
Talking with the Newster over the controversy, a Gulfisha Naseer, a university students said that Hijab is part of our Islamic value and it should not be snatched from us.” She further added, “even Rani Lakshmi Bai covered her head and fought with fought against one of the greatest of times. Covering head did not come in her of revolution”.
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She further underlined, “our right to freedom, in this case it is Hijab, should be reinstated”.
“The primary purpose of the educational institution is to disseminate knowledge and dress code in such institution is to create uniformity and wearing hijab does not render any uniformity issue. We humbly request your Excellency to issue an ordinance to preserve the right to religious freedom prescribed under the Quran and the Hadith and protection available under the Indian Constitution”, the memorandum which has been handed over to the administration reads.
“Covering the body with clothes is a dignified practice of humanity. Wearing a hijab does not create disharmony, opposes constitutional morality or disturb public tranquillity.”
The memorandum added, “Muslims must be allowed to practice and preserve and propagate their religion in its most total sense as prescribed under the scriptures and the Constitution.
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It read, “The essential religious practice doctrine shall be applied in the light of sacred scriptures, and if such question arises before the Hon’ble Judiciary. the bench may take assistance from the expert of Shariah for better appraisal of such issues.”
The students further demanded through the memorandum that Muslims must be allowed to practice and preserve and propagate their religion. “We urge the government thorough your Excellency to ensure the proposed measures should be complied with, for the protection and interest of the minority for their existence as an individual and as a society”, the memorandum said.
For the unversed, the Karnataka High Court, “the Karnataka High Court upheld the government order (GO) on March 15, essentially authorizing college development committees of government institutions in the state to prescribe uniform for colleges and so prohibit Muslim girl students from wearing hijab (headscarves) on campus.
Few days back, Varshney College in Aligarh also banned entry of students wearing Hijab.