A Supreme Court judge hearing the case about hijabs in educational institutes in Karnataka on Thursday remarked that the wearing of the garment could not be compared with Sikh religious practices, Live Law reported.
Justice Hemant Gupta remarked that Sikh practices were “well-engrained in the culture of the country” and could not be compared with the practice of wearing the hijab.
“The comparison with Sikhs may not be proper,” Justice Gupta said. “The 5 Ks of [Sikhism] have been held to be mandatory. There are judgements. Carrying of Kirpan is recognised by the Constitution. So don’t compare practices.”
In response, Nizam Pasha, the lawyer appearing for some of the petitioners, remarked that Islam has been in India for the past 1,400 years and the hijab has also been present.
The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging a Karnataka High Court order that had, in March, upheld the state government’s ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions.
Earlier in the hearing, Pasha had referred to portions of the High Court order that said that the wearing of the hijab was at best a cultural practice. In this backdrop, he told the Supreme Court that even if it was a cultural practice, it was a protected one, similar to the wearing of…