US and Europe have triggered "globalisation of Islamophobia" and hatred against Muslims in other parts of the world, experts say, warning the trend has not met with a sufficient outcry.
In February, the southern state of Karnataka banned students from wearing hijab in classrooms, sparking protests by students and their parents.
The vote bodes a grim future, not only for Muslims and minorities but also for French society as a whole.
Indian Muslims are worried that the ruling could set a precedent for the rest of the country.
The high court in Karnataka state has dismissed petitions challenging the hijab ban in class, concluding that the hijab "is not a part of essential religious practice".
Chetan Kumar Ahimsa had criticised High Court Justice Krishna Dixit, saying the judge had made "disturbing comments" about the behavior of a rape victim in a previous ruling.
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah said that a court decision regarding the hijab ban in schools must be accepted by all once it is made, as petitioners continue to push for their religious rights.
Muslim students have been denied entry into several pre-university colleges in India's southern Karnataka state as they were asked to remove their hijab before entering classes.
Girls in hijab are barred from several pre-university colleges in Karnataka state whose chief minister Basavraj Bommai insists ban on Islamic headgear doesn't apply to institutions where there is no dress code.
Draft bill includes a clause, stipulating the wearing "of conspicuous religious symbols is prohibited" in events and competitions organised by sports federations.
The far-right Bharatiya Janata Party and its Hindutva ideology are becoming more deeply entrenched in the country’s south, with sinister consequences for Muslims and other minorities.
Students and parents say it was humiliating to be asked to take off the hijab before entering the schools in southern Karnataka state where right-wing BJP government banned the Islamic headgear.
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