In the hearing that spanned two weeks and ended Thursday, 21 advocates argued for the Muslim side challenging the basis, intent, rationale and legality of the state’s February 5 decision, which was upheld by the Karnataka HC, and six in support of enforcing uniform without religious attire.
An SC bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia reserved the verdict on a bunch of 26 pro-hijab pleas. With Gupta set to retire on October 16, the verdict would be out before that date.
Huzefa Ahmadi, arguing for the Muslim side, said Thursday, “Banning hijab has resulted in girls dropping out of schools. If they are prevented from being educated in government institutions, they will be deprived of their fundamental right.”