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SC refuses to listing for pressing listening to PIL in search of frequent costume code in schools

College students carrying hijab stage a protest outdoors the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Faculty campus, in Udupi district, Karnataka | PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Thursday refused to accord pressing listening to to a PIL which seeks a course to the Centre and states to implement a standard costume code for staffers and college students in registered academic establishments for securing equality and selling fraternity and nationwide integration.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana was urged by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay that his PIL be additionally listed for listening to just like the batch of appeals filed in opposition to the Karnataka Excessive Court docket verdict on the hijab row.

On Wednesday, the bench, additionally comprising justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli, took word of the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan and agreed to listing subsequent week the petitions difficult the Karnataka Excessive Court docket verdict refusing to carry the ban on hijab in academic establishments of the state.

‘Matter pertaining to frequent costume code’

On the outset, Upadhyay stated this can be a matter pertaining to the frequent costume code.

“Now we have instructed you a lot of instances. Don’t drive me to repeat. Day-after-day you file a PIL. What number of issues have you ever filed? As if there isn’t any common litigation. I have no idea, in each case you come and point out. It’ll come in the end. Wait…,” the bench stated.

“Your Lordship agreed to listen to the hijab matter yesterday… I filed this PIL in February,” Upadhyay stated.

Earlier in February, the PIL was filed by Nikhil Upadhyay via attorneys Ashwini Upadhyay and Ashwani Dubey within the apex courtroom in search of implementation of frequent costume code in academic establishments within the wake of the hijab row.

The plea has additionally sought a course to the Centre to arrange a judicial fee or an professional panel to recommend steps for inculcating values of “social and financial justice, socialism secularism and democracy and to advertise fraternity dignity unity and nationwide integration among the many college students”.

“Alternatively, being custodian of the Structure and protector of elementary rights, direct the Legislation Fee of India to arrange a report suggesting steps to safe social equality and to advertise fraternity dignity unity and nationwide integration inside three months,” it stated.

Moreover the Centre, states and the union territories, the PIL has made the Legislation Fee a celebration and sought a course to respondent authorities “to strictly implement a standard costume code for workers and college students in all of the registered and recognised academic establishments in an effort to safe equality of standing and social equality and to advertise fraternity dignity unity nationwide integration”.

It referred to sure protests held within the nationwide capital on February 10 in opposition to the hijab curbs in Karnataka.

“Instructional establishments are secular public locations and are supposed to impart information and knowledge employment, good well being and contribute to nation constructing, to not comply with important and non-essential spiritual practices,” the PIL stated.

“It is extremely important to introduce a standard costume code in all schools-colleges to protect the secular character of academic establishments, in any other case tomorrow Naga Sadhus might take admission in schools and attend the category with out garments citing important spiritual apply,” it stated.

The frequent costume code will not be solely crucial to take care of uniformity but additionally to instil a way of camaraderie amongst college students from totally different caste, creed, religion, faith, tradition and place, the plea stated.

It referred to the costume code in international locations just like the US, the UK, France, Singapore and China and stated, “based on a survey, round 2,50,000 weapons had been introduced in colleges and schools in 2018. So, having a standard costume code that requires a pupil’s beltline uncovered reduces the concern of a hid weapon.”

Hijab row

The hijab controversy began in the direction of the top of December when just a few ladies college students carrying hijabs had been denied entry right into a authorities pre-university school in Karnataka’s Udupi. As a counter, some Hindu college students turned up carrying saffron scarves.

The row unfold to different academic establishments within the state, and the protests took a violent flip at some locations.

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