Protests in Karnataka began after six Muslim female students of the Government Girls PU college in Udupi district alleged that they had been prevented from attending classes for wearing the Islamic hijab to cover their hair.
FreePressJournal “Hijab means ‘parda’ (veil) in Islam. It is for hiding the beauty of girls when they come of age. Today you can see that the rape rate is the highest in our country. What do you think is the reason for this? The reason is that ,amu women don’t wear hijab,” said the Congress MLA, Zameer Ahmed.
Going further with his shocking logic, the Congress MLA, speaking to news agency ANI, said, “But, wearing hijab is not compulsory, only those who want to protect themselves and those who don’t want to show their beauty to everyone wear it. This has been in practice for years”.
What began as a school issuing an order apparently to protect secularism in the classroom has now snowballed into protests and counter-protests across Karnataka, spreading elsewhere the country and beyond.
The Karnataka High Court on Friday, in an interim order, advised students to avoid wearing the hijab, saffron shawls or any religious clothing in class “until further orders”. The court was hearing multiple petitions challenging a prohibition on hijab in the state. The hearing of the pleas will continue today, February 14.
In a blatant attempt to infuriate the Hindu majority in India even more, Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi declared that a Muslim girl wearing a hijab would be the Prime Minister of India one day.
Violence broke out in a school in Murshidabad district of West Bengal when a headmaster of a school asked Muslim girls to come in proper uniform and not wear a burqa. The incident happened on Saturday, as villagers hurled stones at the school.