Hijab Ban: Judges who delivered verdict receive death threat, get Y category security

Bengaluru: Three judges, who delivered the verdict in the hijab case, have been given Y category security. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said three judges of the Karnataka High Court, who ruled on petitions challenging the state’s order banning the wearing of hijab in classrooms, will get Y-category security cover.

The development comes after two people were arrested for threatening to kill judges.

“We have decided to give ‘Y’ category security to the three judges who gave the verdict on the hijab. I have directed the officials to thoroughly investigate the complaint, in which some people have threatened to kill them,” the Karnataka chief minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

A case has been registered against three people in Tamil Nadu for threatening three judges of the Karnataka High Court. Police say that a case has been registered against three officials of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat for making objectionable remarks against the order of the court.

Earlier this week, the Karnataka High Court had ruled that “wearing the hijab is not essential in Islam”. The court had declared that “adherence to the dress code in educational institutions is mandatory for students”.

This order has now been challenged in the Supreme Court, which is likely to hear the petitions after the Holi holiday.

Chief Justice NV Ramana said during the hearing, “Give us some time… we will see after Holi vacation.”

first published:March 20, 2022, 1:38 p.m.

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