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Karnataka Hijab Row: Supreme Court Says Courts Are Not Equipped To Interpret The Quran

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For those unversed, the Karnataka hijab row cases are still ongoing and the Supreme Court is hearing out petitions that have been filled with regard to it. The latest hearing took place on Thursday and went on for over four hours. During the hearing, many senior counsels argued in the favor of petitioners and other intervenors wherein they criticised the high court judgment for constantly focusing only on the religious aspect and ignoring the fact that the ban was discriminating based on region and gender and also walking all over the identity, dignity, and privacy of girl students. Upon hearing the arguments made in the Karnataka hijab row cases, the Supreme Court said that it was not going to interpret the Quran as it may not be equipped to do so.

On Thursday, September 15, the Supreme Court of India observed while hearing the Karnataka hijab row cases that they are not going to interpret the Quran as they might not be equipped to do so. This observation was made even after the petitioners had demanded that the matter must be referred to a Constitution bench as it is extremely serious.

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During the over four-hour-long hearing of the Karnataka hijab row cases when the issue of hijab is a religious tenet came up, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulla commented saying, “We are not going to interpret the Quran… we may not be equipped and this is what several lawyers have also argued before us. Courts are not equipped to interpret.”

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As per reports, when a bunch of lawyers argued against the March 15 high court ruling that said the wearing of hijab is not mandatory in Islam, the Supreme Court bench said, “It was petitioners who asked that question. Several writ petitions before the high court were only on the ground that it (hijab) is an essential religious practice. The difficulty arises when you raise an argument and then complain that the court ruled on it… nobody stopped you from raising other grounds which you are now raising here.”

The verdict on the Karnataka hijab row cases is yet to come and the Supreme Court still will have to sit through hearings to make a judgement. Only time will tell in what favour will the top court rule.

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