Karnataka HC refers case to larger bench

Karnataka HC refers case to larger bench; Protests banned near schools/colleges in Bengaluru for 2 weeks

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday referred the hearing petitions challenging the hijab ban in certain colleges in the state to a larger bench. Meanwhile, Karnataka police has banned protests, agitations, demonstrations and gathering within the area of 200-meter radius from the gate of schools, PU colleges, degree colleges or other similar educational institutions in Bengaluru city for two weeks. The court, which heard petitions on the issue Tuesday, appealed to the students and people to maintain peace and tranquillity.

The state government Tuesday announced the closure of high schools and colleges for the next three days following tensions over the hijab row in different parts of the state. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Wednesday weighed in on the ongoing hijab row in Karnataka, saying that it is a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear, be it a bikini, a ‘ghoonghat’, or a ‘hijab’.

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