‘Only one suicide attack in India…’
Talking about the belief of the Muslim community in India, Dave said, “There have been more than 10,000 suicide bombings in the Islamic world. Only one in India. This means that the minority community has faith in India. Everyday newspapers have reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, Syria and other countries, but not from India. He was probably trying to imply that such violent incidents take place due to tampering with religious practices. Before the bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, Dave pleaded that the interpretation of the Constitution should not be done in such a way that the faith of the minority community in India and constitutional guarantees should be reduced.
Dave said, “Religious traditions are a matter of personal preference/dislike. How one follows his religion is his choice. Whether one wears a hijab or a tilak on the forehead, it is his personal choice. The basic structure of the Constitution guarantees freedom of the soul over religion and religious traditions.’
PM’s turban cited
Dave said Muslim women in every country have been wearing the hijab for centuries, whether based on religious belief or personal choice, as Sikhs wear turbans. Dave argued, ‘The judges of the Karnataka High Court did not understand the relation between constitutional morality, farsightedness and the liberties enjoyed by every citizen and the right to freedom of the soul. Religious traditions are not limited to the framework of any religion.’ The lawyer for the Muslim side said, ‘Our PM also wears beautiful turbans of different areas every year in the Independence Day celebrations. Similarly, Muslim women also want to wear the hijab, whether by choice or because of religious belief. No court or authority can stop it. The hearing in the case will continue on Tuesday as well.