Ramakrishna Ashram says ‘unnecessary discussion’ over hijab not in interest of peace, harmony

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The ongoing controversy over dress code of Muslim girls in schools and colleges  is “unnecessary and not in the interest of peace and harmony in the society,” Ramkrishna Ashram, a religious body based in Karnataka’s Karwar city, said, defending advocate Devdatt Kamat, who is facing backlash from Hindutva fanatics for representing Muslim girls’ case in the Madras High Court.

“I am more pained to observe that the name of Shri Devadatt Kamat – Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court is being dragged in this controversy simply because he represented a party in the Court as an Advocate,” Swami Bhaveshanand of Ramkrishna Ashram said in a statement released on Saturday.

“Some elements are trying to brand him as supporting a cause against Hindu Religion. This perception is absolutely uncalled for and baseless. A lawyer representing a client in the court has to do his duty and justice to his client’s cause. That is a professional duty and responsibility. It cannot be branded as a cause against the Hindu Religion,” he added.

Swami said Kamat is a devout follower of the Shri Ramakrishna-Vivekanand philosophy and a devotee of the ashram. He added that Kamat has “championed” the cause of many Hindu religious leaders and organisations.

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