Prohibiting Hijab in Educational Institutions: A Constitutional Assessment

Farrah Ahmed, Mohsin Alam Bhat, Aparna Chandra, Raunaq Jaiswal, Gauri Pillai, Faiza Rahman, Rishika Sahgal, John Sebastian and Anup Surendranath


The hijab ban in Karnataka’s schools and colleges has been a matter of public debate for some time now. The judgment in Resham v. State of Karnataka - where the Karnataka High Court dismissed the writ petitions filed by students against the Government Order and the decisions of educational institutions banning the hijab and other religious clothing/symbols in schools and colleges - has raised many issues.

This research brief demonstrates that constitutional issues surrounding the prohibition are not limited to discussions on the 'essential religious practices' doctrine under the freedom of religion in Article 25.