Last month, protests against the hijab began at the Government Pre-University Women’s College in Udupi, Karnataka.
Six girl students of the college alleged that they were denied entry to the class for wearing the hijab. Reactions are also coming from abroad regarding the ban on hijab in Karnataka.
Now America has also issued its statement on this dispute. The US has criticized Karnataka amid the controversy over the demand of Muslim students to wear hijab in India.
On the tension arising out of hijab in educational institutions of Karnataka, the US said that banning hijab in schools and colleges is a violation of religious freedom.
Karnataka should not decide whether to allow religious clothes or not. Rashad Hussain, Ambassador for International Religious Freedom in the US Government, said, ‘In Religious Freedom, people have complete freedom to choose their religious clothes.
The Indian state of Karnataka should not determine whether religious clothing is allowed. The ban on hijab in schools violates religious freedom and stigmatizes and marginalises women and girls.Pakistan made poisonous remarks Hussein serves as the principal adviser to US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the terms and policies of religious freedom.
He leads the State Department’s efforts to monitor religious freedom abuse, persecution and discrimination around the world. Earlier, Pakistan had also issued its statement on the hijab controversy. Fawad Chaudhary, the Information Minister in Imran Khan’s government, made poisonous remarks against India and the Modi government. “What is happening in Modi’s India is scary.
Indian society is rapidly heading towards decline under unstable leadership.Fawad Choudhary said, “Wearing hijab like any other dress is also a matter of personal preference. Citizens should be given the right to take their own decisions freely.’ At the same time, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said that it is wrong to prevent girls from entering schools wearing hijab.
Malala, who has been silent on Pakistan’s affairs, said on the hijab controversy, ‘It is horrifying to stop girls wearing hijab from entering schools. Women are objected to wearing more or less clothes.
Indian leaders should stop marginalizing Muslim women. Prohibition on wearing religious clothes in colleges At the same time, in view of the seriousness of the controversy, the Karnataka government has extended the holidays in higher education universities and colleges in the state till February 16.
State Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said in a statement that the examinations, however, will be held on time and instructions have been given to conduct online classes. Significantly, the entire controversy over hijab in India started in the state of Karnataka when some girls alleged that they were not allowed to enter college and class because of wearing hijab.
Last month, protests against the hijab began at the Government Pre-University Women’s College in Udupi, Karnataka. Six girl students of the college alleged that they were denied entry to the class for wearing the hijab.
After this, students of Ramdurg Mahavidyalaya in Belgaum and educational institutions in Hassan, Chikmagalur and Shivamogga raised slogans wearing hijabs and saffron shawls.
The matter has reached the Karnataka High Court. After which the High Court (Karnataka High Court) banned the wearing of hijab or any other religious dress in schools and colleges till the decision came.
The High Court asked the girl students that till this dispute is not resolved, they should not wear any such clothes in educational institutions, so that this dispute catches up.