Fact Check: Karnataka High Court has not passed verdict allowing hijabs in educational institutions

A post doing the rounds of social media is claiming that the Karnataka High Court has passed an order allowing Muslim girls to attend educational institutions wearing hijab.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  15 Feb 2022 4:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Karnataka High Court has not passed verdict allowing hijabs in educational institutions

Hyderabad: A post doing the rounds of social media is claiming that the Karnataka High Court has passed an order allowing Muslim girls to attend educational institutions wearing hijab.

The post reads, "Historic decision of the Karnataka High Court: Muslim girls can get an education while wearing hijabs." (translated)

NewsMeter received the claim on WhatsApp to verify it.


Fact Check:

NewsMeter found that the claim is false.

A keyword search led us to news reports that said the Karnataka High Court has expressed its intent to issue an interim order directing students to return to classes and said that "till the matter is pending before the court these students and all stakeholders will not insist on wearing religious garments."

According to a report by the Indian Express published on 11 February 2022, "In an interim order on Thursday, the Bench led by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said that no religious garments must be permitted on campuses until the court reaches a verdict."

Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, had tweeted, "A matter regarding dress code in some educational institutions in the State of Karnataka is under judicial examination by the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka. Our constitutional framework and mechanisms, as well as our democratic ethos and polity, are the context in which issues are considered and resolved. Those who know India well would have a proper appreciation of these realities. Motivated comments on our internal issues are not welcome."

The Times of India had reported, "A full bench of Karnataka High Court has restrained all the students regardless of their religion or faith from wearing saffron shawls, scarf, hijab, religious flags or like within the classroom, until further orders."

Hence, the claim that the Karnataka High Court has passed a verdict allowing students to wear hijabs in educational institutions is false.


Claim Review:Karnataka High Court has passed a verdict allowing hijabs in educational institutions.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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