Supreme Court Instructs Parties To Devise A Settlement To 'Hijab Issue'

The Supreme Court postponed the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application filed by a Muslim parent against the Principal of Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya today, informing the parties to devise a settlement to the issue.
 
When the matter was taken up before the Supreme Court today, the Counsel appearing for the Principal and the Provincial Education authorities told court that they intend to settle the matter.
 
The settlement was not specified and the counsel said that they have to receive necessary instructions from the clients.
 
The counsel for the Petitioner was therefore not heard.
 
The Muslim parent in her Fundamental Rights application alleged that after the Principal was appointed to the school all parents including her were prevented from entering the school attired in a headscarf and long gown.
 
The Petitioner said that the she was violently abused and humilated at the instructions of the Principal afte all parents were called for an urgent meeting at the school on the 25th of April.
 
The Petitioner in her petition said that the Principal had acted in contravention of her constitutional rights and rights that she possessed as a parent and a citizen of Sri Lanka.
 
M.M Zuhair PC with Charith Samaradivakara and Hafeel Farisz appeared for the Petitioner, Manohara De Silva PC appeared for the Principal and Vice Principal, Tishya Weragoda appeared for the Western Province education authorities, and DSG Sanjay Rajarathnam appeared for the Attorney Generals department.
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