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Karnataka Hijab row: Owaisi, Omar & Mehbooba… leaders who are disappointed with court verdict

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and NC chief Omar Abdullah who strongly opposed revocation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, also opposed the judgement.

New Delhi: With the Karnataka High Court passing judgement on the hijab row, this draws curtain on the controversy that marred the Southern state for over a month.

The judgement upholding the ban on hijab in educational institutions has been welcomed by many leaders while opposed by a certain section of leaders.

Union Minister Prahlad Joshi welcomed the High Court ruling which said that the hijab worn by Muslim women is not an essential practice in Islam. It also dismissed various petitions challenging ban on hijabs in educational institutions.

Among those who opposed the Karnataka High Court judgement included leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi, Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti, whose politics remains centred around Muslim vote bank.

Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “I disagree with Karnataka High Court’s judgement on #hijab. It’s my right to disagree with the judgement & I hope that petitioners appeal before SC.”

He further urged AIMPLB as well as other organisations to appeal against this judgement.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and NC chief Omar Abdullah, who raised strong objection to abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, opposed the Karnataka High Court verdict.

“On one hand we talk about empowering women yet we are denying them the right to a simple choice. Its isn’t just about religion but the freedom to choose,” Mehbooba tweeted.

PDP leaders TS Bajwa, Ved Mahajan and Hussain A Waffa sent resignation letters to party chief Mehbooba Mufti.

Former J&K CM Omar said he was very disappointed with verdict.

“Regardless of what you may think about the hijab it’s not about an item of clothing, it’s about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to dress. That the court didn’t uphold this basic right is a travesty,” said Omar.