New Delhi: In the Supreme Court case, the Muslim side insisted that Hijab is compulsory in Islam. Now it has changed this and appealed to see hijab for women as their basic right and not based on Quran.
A case has been filed in the Supreme Court against the ban on Muslim students wearing hijab in educational institutions in Karnataka. Judges Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Thulia are investigating the case filed by the Muslim side. There was a twist when the case came up for hearing yesterday.
The lawyers of the Muslim side, Yusuf H. Muchala and Salman Khurshid, said in their defense, “It seems that the court has a problem in clearly understanding the Arabic language in which the Quran is written. In this context it is impossible to fully understand the Qur’an. Therefore, the court should investigate the hijab on the basis of women’s privacy, security, identity and dignity.
Hearing this, the Supreme Court bench asked the Muslim side, “In the beginning, you argued that hijab is a right of Islam. Now you ask that the necessity of hijab should not be examined in the Qur’an. You are also demanding a transfer to a 9-judge bench to examine whether the hijab is essential to Islam. If this case is transferred to a nine-member bench as requested by you, you can say that there should not be a search in the Qur’an whether hijab is necessary in Islam.
The case is still under investigation today. A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court is hearing a case related to the entry of Hindu women of all ages at Sabarimala. Similarly, it is investigating the ban on Muslim and Parsi women from places of worship.