Bar Association Asks High Court to Challenge Muslim Personal Law Counsel | Latest India News

A request for impeachment of Muslim Personal Law Counsel has been filed by the Indian Bar Association (AIBA) in the Karnataka High Court, which is currently hearing several pleas in the hijab row.

The application filed by Adish C Aggarwala, Senior Barrister and President of the All India Bar Association, said the court was considering whether hijab is an essential religious practice for Muslim women.

“There is no representation of any Personal Law Council, be it the All India Personal Law Council or the Shia Personal Law Council, who contribute and state that they are working towards the proper applicability of the personal laws of Muslims and also form the opinion of Muslims in India (sic),” the applicant said.

“The entire exercise of the constitutional validity of the essential religious practice of wearing the hijab will be incomplete without the representation of the Personal Law Councils in this matter,” Aggarwala said in his petition.

The two Personal Law Councils of Muslims in India are necessary parties in this proceeding to adjudicate on the present petition and therefore these councils must be challenged and heard in the interests of justice, Aggarwala added in his request.

A bench of three judges, comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi, were hearing various petitions challenging the hijab ban in state educational institutions.

Protests against the hijab in Karnataka began in January this year when female students at Government Girls PU college in the Udupi district of the state alleged that they had been banned from attending classes. During the protests, some students claimed they had been denied entry to college for wearing the hijab.

Following this incident, students from different colleges arrived at Shanteshwar Education Trust in Vijayapura wearing saffron stoles. The situation was the same in several colleges in Udupi district.

The council for pre-university education had issued a circular stipulating that students could only wear uniforms approved by the school administration and that no other religious practices would be allowed in colleges.

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