Ramakrishna Ashram defends lawyer who represented Muslim students in hijab row


Muslim women have led protests across India for their right to wear the hijab.


Harmful controversy over hijabs in schools and colleges in Karnataka is ‘unnecessary and not in the interest of peace and harmony’, says Ramakrishna Ashram in Karwar state, defending lawyer who was attacked for representing Muslim students in the case.

Senior lawyer Devadatt Kamat, who has been targeted by right-wing commentators for citing Islamic scriptures to defend students fighting for the right to wear the hijab in schools and colleges, has done a disservice to the Hindu religion, the ashram’s chief priest said in a statement.

“There is an unnecessary discussion going on about the dress code of Muslim girls in schools/colleges, and I am saddened to witness a controversy raging in this regard at different levels of society. It is certainly not not in good taste, and, in the interest of peace and harmony in the Society,” said Swami Bhaveshanand.

“I am more saddened to observe that the name of Shri Devadatt Kamat – Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court is dragged into this controversy simply because he represented a party in the Court as an Advocate,” he said. declared.

“Certain elements attempt to portray him as supporting a cause against the Hindu religion. This perception is absolutely unwarranted and baseless. A lawyer who represents a client in court must do his duty and do justice to his client’s cause. is a professional duty and responsibility. It cannot be stigmatized as a cause against the Hindu religion,” Swami Bhaveshanand added.

Calling the attacks on Mr Kamat “an unwarranted and orchestrated baseless propaganda which is perpetrated by unscrupulous elements”, the priest applauded the lawyer’s track record as a “strong follower of the philosophy of Shri Ramakrishna Vivekanand”.

Advocating for students who have been told not to wear hijabs in schools and colleges in Udupi state, Mr Kamat had told the Karnataka High Court on Thursday that religious headscarves are part of their culture which cannot be encroached upon.

“Our basic right is being held hostage by the University Development Committee. The Government Order states that the headscarf ban is not a violation of Article 25. The GO (Government Order) n It’s not as innocuous as the state government says,” Mr Kamat said.

He also quoted verses from the Quran that it is incumbent on women to cover their heads in front of anyone other than close family members.

The hijab controversy erupted in Karnataka in late December as Muslim students wearing hijabs at a government college in Udupi faced protests that have since grown so virulent that the state government has had to close schools for classes 11 and 12 as well as colleges until Wednesday.


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