Congress cautious, some Opposition parties slam decision, many silent

New Delhi: Walking a tightrope on the Karnataka High Court’s hijab verdict, the Congress Tuesday refrained from commenting on the merit of the judgment and instead asked the state’s BJP government to ensure education of girls, peace and harmony. Some opposition parties were critical of the verdict, while many chose to remain silent. Wary of a backlash, the Congress said “everyone should wait” for the Supreme Court verdict. The party’s communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the onus of ensuring education of the girl child, along with peace and harmony in the educational institutions is on the Karnataka BJP government. “The issue is pending in Supreme Court and everyone should wait for the verdict,” he said. But there were some different views within the party. Senior Congress leader and former Law Minister Salman Khurshid told The Indian Express that if the court has ruled that hijab is not an essential part of Islam, then “amongst scholars of law, this kind of decision making by courts has always been somewhat questionable”.

“It’s not just the ‘essential part of Islam’ aspect. There are other things in the Constitution which are about choice, autonomy, dignity,” he added.