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Karnataka hijab row: High court dismisses petitions, says wearing hijab not an essential practice in Islam

Karnataka High Court in its verdict on Tuesday said wearing a hijab in Islam is not an essential practice. The high court has also dismissed various petitions challenging a ban on hijab in education institutions.

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Karnataka High Court in its verdict on Tuesday said wearing a hijab in Islam is not an essential practice and students have to follow the educational institution’s uniform policy. The High Court has also dismissed the petitions challenging the decision of the hijab ban in schools and colleges.

Udupi girls had earlier filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court seeking permission to wear hijab in educational institutions. The court, while dismissing the petition said the girl students cannot refuse to wear school uniforms.

The three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justices Krishna S Dixit, and JM Khazi on Tuesday dismissed all petitions related to the hijab case. In government schools and colleges, a set uniform will be worn, and private schools will also be able to choose their own uniform, said the court.

Ahead of the judgement, the security was tightened outside the residence of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi. To maintain public peace and order after the judgement, the state government has also banned social gatherings in Bengaluru and Mangalore from March 15 to 19. The Udupi district administration has declared a holiday in schools and colleges today.

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What is Hijab Row?

The Hijab controversy erupted in January in Karnataka where six girl students wearing hijab were not allowed to enter the college premises. After this, the girl students started protesting against the college administration and also filed a petition for allowing girls to wear hijab in educational institutions.

After this controversy snowballed into protests last month and the Karnataka High Court had temporarily banned religious clothes, including Hijab and saffron scarves.

In other news, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on March 21 will stir a nationwide protest against the Centre for failing to keep its promises, including the setting up of a panel on MSP and the withdrawal of lawsuits against farmers, said its functionaries on Monday.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha to stage nationwide protest on March 21 over Centre’s unfulfilled promises on MSP

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Rape accused lynched in Bihar’s Katihar

The incident took place on Thursday near the Hasanganj police station area.

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A 28-year-old man who was accused of rape was lynched in Bihar’s Katihar district.

The incident took place on Thursday near the Hasanganj police station area. The victim’s family nabbed 28-year-old Mohammad Sagir, who was accused of raping an 11-year-old minor, from the market area adjacent to Hasanganj.

The video of the incident is doing rounds on the internet wherein Sagir could be seen tied to a tree and mercilessly beaten up by the villagers with sticks.

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Reports further said that villagers thrashed him till his condition became critical following which the police reached the spot and rushed him to the local hospital where he was declared dead.

The victim’s family alleged that Sagir took the 11-year-old to a secluded place late at night and raped her.

Two separate police complaints have been registered from both parties and the rape victim’s family has fled from the area, reports stated.

A similar incident took place in Assam in August wherein a rape and murder accused was lynched by a mob for escaping from the court. The incident took place in Assam’s Lakhimpur district.

Reports said the police failed to reach the spot as the area was not easily accessible. Later, the police find the rape accused severely injured and tried to rescue him from the mob.

He was rushed to Dhakuakhana Civil Hospital where he was declared dead, reports said.

The accused Barua, along with two other accused, fled from the toilet of the Dhakuakhana Judicial Magistrate’s Court. He earlier escaped with handcuffs from the Covid-19 ward of a hospital and was rearrested after 2 days.

Reports said he was also injured during an encounter in September 2021.

Meanwhile, an AAP leader from Punjab was arrested on Thursday for molesting a minor girl in the Amritsar district.

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Punjab AAP leader arrested for molesting minor

In her complaint, the victim said the accused persons ripped off her clothes and sexually harassed her.

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Punjab AAP leader arrested for molesting

A Punjab Aam Aadmi Party leader was arrested for molesting a minor in Amritsar, Punjab on Thursday. Reports say the leader along with his friend molested a 15-year-old girl.

The incident took place in the Majitha area of Amritsar district and the accused have been identified as AAP leader Preetpal Singh Bal and his friend Rajbir Singh, reports further said.

Following the incident, the victim filed a police complaint and both accused were produced in the court. In her complaint, the victim said the accused persons ripped off her clothes and sexually harassed her.

The victim informed about her mother’s affair with a Senior Secondary school teacher Dharmendra Pal Singh Billa following which her mother left home along with her. Billa is friends with the AAP leader and he ripped off the victim’s clothes and harassed her in front of Preetpal Singh Bal, the reports stated.

After hearing both sides, the court sent the accused to 14 days of judicial custody.

In September, another AAP leader from Gujarat was arrested by the Gir Somnath Police for raping a 23-year-old woman.

Reports said the accused AAP leader Bhagu Vala was allegedly running a video-making agency in the name of Vishwa films. He lured the victim on the pretext to give her work as a model in an advertisement and asked her for a photoshoot.

On the pretext of a photoshoot, the accused called the victim to his flat and raped her.

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Men open fire at Hari Mandir after Shastra Puja on Dussehra in Bareilly, FIR registered

SP city Rahul Bhati said an FIR in the matter has been registered against an unknown person under section 336 (act to endanger life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 30 Arms Act.

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Bareilly: People open fire at Hari Mandir after Shastra Puja on Dussehra, case filed

The Baradari Police Station has lodged an FIR against a BJP leader and unknown people for firing in the air after Shastra Puja on the occasion of Dussehra on Wednesday. The incident is reported from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

In the video, a huge crowd of people can be seen at the Hari Mandir of the Model Town. After Shastri Puja was over, some residents opened fire and shot several rounds in the air as a celebratory firing. The whole incident is captured in the video. The video of the same is going viral on social media.

An FIR was registered in the matter on behalf of Sub-Inspector Vinay Kumar. According to Vinay Kumar, some people worshiped weapons on the occasion of the Dussehra festival at Hari Mandir behind Model Town.

The police said the probe to identify people is underway. SP city Rahul Bhati said an FIR in the matter has been registered against an unknown person under section 336 (act to endanger life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 30 Arms Act.

It is alleged that this act of people comes under the purview of the Arms Act. Hence an FIR was registered against the unknown people on the basis of the viral video. The situation of panic is created among people after an FIR has been registered in this matter. There is a probability that all these people are associated with the Hindu organization. Some of them are also members of the political party.

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