Karma: BJP’s BC Nagesh, whose hijab ban as Karnataka education minister deprived Muslim girls of education, loses elections

BJP leader BC Nagesh, whose decision to impose a ban on hijab meant that thousands of Muslim girls were deprived of education, has lost his seat in this year’s Karnataka elections. Nagesh lost to his Congress rival K Shadakshari by more than 17,000 votes in Tiptur assembly constituency. As education minister in the BJP government, … Read more

“Today is an unforgettable day”: Karma hits BJP in Karnataka, MLA KG Bopaiah submits nomination to Hijab-clad election officer

The BJP demonised Muslim women in Islamic headscarves and even banned them from entering schools and colleges. The topic dominated Indian and global media coverage as the matter reached the Supreme Court, which delivered a split verdict last year. The BJP is now facing widespread embarrassment after one of its top MLAs has been forced … Read more

Hijab Ban case: How two judges differed in final order, matter now before CJI

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a split verdict in the Hijab ban case with Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia setting aside the Karnataka High Court’s order banning girl students from wearing Islamic headscarves. Justice Hemant Gupta, however, agreed with the Karnataka High Court on the ban and rejected all the appeals filed by Muslim parties. Justice … Read more

“It would destroy our global leadership”: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw issues warning to Karnataka government over Muslim ban in state

Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has warned that the Muslim ban in Karnataka will destroy India’s leadership globally. Her comments evoked a sharp response from BJP’s IT Cell chief Amit Malviya, who said the industrialist was expressing her ‘politically coloured opinion.’ Reacting to a news item suggesting that Karnataka’s temples were under political pressure to ban … Read more

हिजाब मामले पर तुरंत सुनवाई से सुप्रीम कोर्ट का इनकार, CJI रमना ने वकील से कहा- ‘मामले को सनसनीखेज न बनाएं’

भारत के मुख्य न्यायाधीश एनवी रमना ने गुरुवार को मुस्लिम लड़कियों के लिए हिजाब पर प्रतिबंध को बरकरार रखने वाले कर्नाटक हाई कोर्ट के आदेश के खिलाफ अपील को सूचीबद्ध करने से इनकार कर दिया। CJI रमना ने वकील से कहा कि इस मामले को सनसनीखेज न बनाएं क्योंकि उन्होंने इस तर्क को खारिज कर … Read more

CJI NV Ramana refuses to list appeal against Hijab ban for urgent hearing; tells lawyer to not ‘sensationalise’ issue

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Thursday refused to list the appeal against Karnataka High Court’s order upholding the ban on hijab for Muslim girls. CJI Ramana told the lawyer to not sensationalise the matter as he rejected the argument that Muslim students would lose one crucial year of their career due to the … Read more

BJP leader Krishna Kumar poses for camera with daughters in hijab in Abu Dhabi; political rivals call it hypocrisy

The BJP may have opposed hijab in India but one of its senior leaders recently made his daughters pose for the camera in Islamic attire during their visit to Abu Dhabi. Krishna Kumar, whose social media bio describes him as an actor and a National Council Member of the BJP, took to Facebook to share a series … Read more

3 Karnataka High Court judges given ‘Y’ category security cover after chief justice allegedly receives death threat for hijab ban verdict

Karnataka’s BJP government has decided to provided ‘Y’ category security cover to three judges of the Karnataka High Court, who upheld the ban on hijab for Muslim girls. These three judges are Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justices Krishna S Dixit and JM Khazi. The announcement came after two advocates claimed to receive a video message with a threat to … Read more

What Karnataka High Court said while upholding hijab ban for Muslim girls

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday upheld the ban on hijab for female Muslim students saying that wearing Islamic headscarves was an essential part of Islam. The court said that the Holy Quran does not mandate wearing of #hijab or headgear for Muslim women. “Whatever is stated in the above sūras, we say, is only directory, because … Read more

CJI NV Ramana lighting lamp to ‘pay tribute to Maa Saraswati’ ahead of public seminar triggers debate on judiciary’s secular role amidst hijab ban

A photo of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana joining Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to light a lamp to ‘pay tribute to Maa Saraswati’ ahead of a public seminar has triggered a debate on the judiciary’s secular role amidst the hijab ban in Karnataka. CJI Ramana was a chief guest at a national seminar on … Read more

Karnataka High Court reserves judgment on Hijab ban after 11 days of hearing

The Karnataka High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on pleas challenging the BJP government order banning Hijab for Muslim girls in schools and colleges. The three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justices Krishna S Dixit and Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin Khazi has been hearing the matter on a daily basis for 11 days. The Karnataka High Court … Read more

Muslim girl asked to remove hijab in Delhi government school? Arvind Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia responds

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio in the city government, has responded to allegations of a Muslim girl being asked to remove hijab by her teacher in one of the schools in the national capital. Sisodia said, “We are running a very good education system in Delhi. Now there’s … Read more

Kannada actor arrested for tweet criticising Karnataka High Court judge hearing hijab case

Police in Karnataka have arrested actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa for a tweet criticising Karnataka High Court judge Justice Krishna Dixit, who’s been hearing a case related to the ban on Muslim girls wearing hijab in schools and colleges in the southern Indian state. Slamming Justice Dixit, Ahimsa had tweeted on 16 February, “This is a … Read more

“In Mahabharata, Draupadi’s clothes were forcibly taken off”: Swara Bhasker’s powerful take on humiliation of Muslim girls in hijab outside Karnataka schools

Actor Swara Bhasker on Monday took to Twitter to draw a parallel between a tale from Mahabharata and the public humiliation of Muslim girls in hijab outside their schools in the BJP-ruled Karnataka. Swara wrote in Hindi, “In Mahabharata, Draupadi’s clothes were forcibly taken off.. and the responsible, powerful, law-makers sitting in the assembly kept … Read more

Karnataka High Court Chief Justice says students can’t insist on wearing religious dress until final verdict

The Karnataka High Court Chief Justice has said that the bench will pass an order directing the opening of the colleges but no student should insist on wearing the religious dress while the matter was pending in the court. The hearing, according to Livelaw, will resume again on Monday. Earlier a single-judge bench had referred … Read more