Bangalore News Highlights: The Muslim girls who have moved the Karnataka High Court against the ban on Hijab argued on Tuesday that wearing the headscarf was an innocent practice of faith and not a mere display of religious jingoism. They also requested the full bench of the HC to make a leeway to attend classes with headscarves as the court’s interim order had suspended their ‘fundamental rights’. According to PTI report, dwelling on Article 25 of the Indian constitution before the bench, senior counsel Devadatt Kamat, appearing for the Muslim girls from Udupi pre-university college, said the article speaks about ‘freedom of conscience’.
The hearing in the petitions challenging the hijab ban in educational institutions will continue in the Karnataka High Court at 2.30 pm on Wednesday, February 16. On Tuesday, the court continued the hearing as the petitioners argued that they should be allowed to wear headscarves in colours that match their school uniform as even Centre-run Kendriya Vidyalayas allow the same. Kamat referred to a judgment of a South Africa court on the issue whether a Hindu girl with roots in South India could wear nose ring in school. He referred to the judgement which says that this case is not about uniforms, but exemptions to existing uniforms. He further said that our Constitution follows positive secularism, not like Turkish secularism, that is negative secularism. Our secularism ensures that everyone’s religious rights are preserved.
Karnataka on Tuesday recorded 1,405 new Covid-19 cases with a test positivity rate of 1.91 per cent. The state also reported 26 fatalities, health minister K Sudhakar said in a tweet. Among the total cases, 765 cases and 6 deaths were reported from Bengaluru. 5,762 recoveries were also recorded in the state in the past 24 hours.