Karnataka high court upholds government order on headscarves

A high court in India's Karnataka state has ruled that the hijab is not essential to Islam in a landmark case that could have implications across the country. The court also upheld a state government order that had banned headscarves in classrooms. The verdict follows a months-long, divisive row over the hijab. A Karnataka college's decision in January to bar entry to Muslim girls wearing the hijab had sparked protests. The issue soon snowballed, forcing the state to shut schools and colleges for several days.The matter reached the high court after some Muslim women protesters filed petitions arguing that India's constitution guaranteed them the right to wear headscarves. The three-judge bench held that allowing Muslim women to wear the hijab in classrooms would hinder thei Read More