The Hijab row that started in early 2022 doesn’t seem to end. Arguing the case, petitioners intend to cross-reference every religion possible. After questioning the Pagdi and tilak worn by judges, advocate Nizam Pasha now compared Turbans worn by the Sikhs to Hijab. To which Justice Gupta replied that Turbans worn by Sikhs are mandatory and recognized by the court.
What did Pasha argue?
- Advocate Pasha argued that just like the ‘5Ks’ of Sikhs these are the 5 pillars of Islam and are one and the same
- Islam is 1400 years old, in which Hijab is also present
- The advocate also alleged that mandate of the Karnataka High Court to uphold the ban is borderline blasphemous
- The High Court also held that Quran being 1400 years old has no implications now
Justice Gupta’s Strong Stand:
- Supreme Court Justice Hemant Gupta straightly stated that there is no comparison between Turban and Hijab
- His statement was, “Please do not compare with Sikhism. It has been completely ingrained in Indian culture”
- To your knowledge, the ‘5Ks’ of Sikhs are being held constitutionally acceptable worldwide
- Five-judge bench in Supreme Court had earlier held that wearing a Turban and Kirpan is essential for Sikhs. Thus the comparison may not be proper, said Justice Gupta
Faces Behind Hijab:
- Hijab may or may not be an essential practice in the religion, but the Hijab row is been stretched like an over-used chewing gum
- Allegedly behind this particular row, there is the involvement of a student outfit of the banned, Popular Front Of India (PFI)
- The Hijab row turned violent when a Gau-Rakshak, Harsha, was killed by pro-hijab supporters in Karnataka
In an educational institution where uniformity and equality are the basics, creating a ruckus for months on the basis of religion seems propagated in a particular direction. Hundreds of Muslim girls dropped out of school and college just because of an item of clothing.