The Karnataka government Tuesday cited ongoing anti-hijab protests by women in Iran to assert in the Supreme Court that the wearing of the headscarf is not an essential religious practice in Islam.
Representing the state, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta spoke of the demonstrations in the West Asian country to argue the Karnataka government’s stand that the prohibition on wearing the hijab in pre-university colleges in the state was not unconstitutional and did not violate anybody’s right to speech or privacy.
The protests in Iran were triggered by the death of a 22-year-old woman allegedly after she was detained by the ‘morality police’ for not wearing the hijab properly. Mahsa Amini, died in hospital on 16 September, three days after she was arrested and reportedly beaten up by the police in Tehran.
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