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Karnataka HC upholds Hijab ban: A look at countries where veils are barred

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Bengaluru, Mar 15: Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ruled that the hijab is not essential to Islam in a landmark case that could have implications across the country.

The prescription of school uniform is only a reasonable restriction, constitutionally permissible which the students cannot object to, a three-judge bench of the court further noted.

Karnataka HC upholds Hijab ban: A look at countries where veils are barred

Prescription of uniform is a reasonable restriction on fundamental rights under Article 25, the court said.

No case is made out for invalidating the government order of February 5, the court said.

The demand by a section of Muslim girls in an Udupi pre-university college to wear Hijab inside their classrooms erupted into a major row after some Hindu students turned up in saffron shawls with the issue spreading to other parts of the state, even as the government insisted on a uniform norm.

Let us have a look at the nations that have barred face and head coverings?

  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Denmark
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Russia

Read the full High Court order here:

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