Hijab Row | “Imposing uniformity at the cost of religious beliefs in stark contrast to plurality”: NALSAR students and alumni condemn discriminatory actions in Karnataka

The Executive Council of the Student Bar Council, a group of alumni and students of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, has expressed its condemnation of the discriminatory actions of the state government and several educational institutions in the Karnataka.

In a statement released recently, they also communicated that they stand in solidarity with Muslim women who have been targeted in educational institutions:

“We stand in solidarity with Muslim women who have been prevented from accessing educational institutions because of their religious beliefs. read the statement.

It was also stated that a university is a space where students have the opportunity to thrive and exercise their agency and that this opportunity is threatened when their right to choose and express themselves is attacked.

“Imposing uniformity at the expense of a community’s religious beliefs and the right to access educational spaces is in blatant opposition to the multiculturalism and plurality of which our country is proud.”

They also expressed their concern about attempts to convert educational spaces into estates for municipal politics:

“As students, the attempt to make educational institutions a site for community politics is a matter of grave concern to us. As law students and graduates, we believe that banning the hijab in educational institutions discriminates against Muslim women and goes against the equality protected by the Indian Constitution.”

The actions of several institutions and the government not only violate fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, but also constitute a direct affront to the idea of ​​constitutional morality. Government actions must not undermine the principles of personal liberty and equality, he added.

As such, they urged the government of Karnataka to take action to prevent these barriers to girls’ education at the earliest, ensuring that educational spaces are safe, accessible and enable equal and dignified participation for all. students.

Click here to read/download the statement

Ruth R. Culp