India, June 20 -- The NG Acharya and DK Marathe College argued before the Bombay high court on Wednesday that wearing hijabs or naqabs was not an essential part of Islam and, therefore, does not need to be permitted on campus.

The argument came in response to a petition filed by nine female students at the college challenging a dress code that banned hijabs, niqabs, burkas, stoles, caps, and badges. The college maintained that the dress code aimed to establish a uniform standard for all students, regardless of their religious background.

In their petition, the students claimed that the directive, issued via the college's WhatsApp group, required them to remove their head coverings before attending classes, which violated their fundament...