By Irum Saleem
“We all know it’s not about hijab or saffron shawls. They both can be allowed in college and none of them hinder anyone’s capability to learn. It’s about the identity politics which is brazenly played within campuses for political purpose.”
Is this so as In southern India schools are ordered to shut on Tuesday as protests intensified over a ban on hijab that has outraged Muslim students, reports AFP.
Twitter is swelled on Tuesday with tweets all praising for a Muslim girl in Hijab who never minded heckling and responded those teasing her at the institution with religious slogans.
The stand-off in Karnataka state has galvanised fears among the minority community about what they say is increasing persecution under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Fresh demonstrations on Tuesday saw officers fire tear gas to disperse a crowd at one government-run campus, while a heavy police presence was seen at schools in nearby towns.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai appealed for calm after announcing all high schools in the state would be closed for three days.
“I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges […] to maintain peace and harmony,” he said.
Campuses have seen escalating confrontations between Muslim students condemning the ban and Hindu pupils that say their classmates have disrupted their education.
“All of a sudden they are saying you are not supposed to wear hijab […] why did they start now?” asked Ayesha, a teenage student at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in the coastal city of Udupi.
Commenting on the situation, another social media user says “Chill please.Soon our BhagwaGujju minister will stand with the boys. Surprisingly no one from the administration of the college came to stop the humiliation. Here we Bengalis win.We would not have allowed any rascals to do this in front of us.Some of the boys would be in hospital.”
Appreciating the courage of one girl student in burka who the social media named “Sharni” Tariq says “Well that’s courage ! But anything could have happened or could happen .high time we have our own colleges/ schools or join open universities online programs . No use of getting education where such monsters are there.”
We all know it’s not about hijab or saffron shawls. They both can be allowed in college and none of them hinder anyone’s capability to learn. It’s about the identity politics which is brazenly played within campuses for political purpose! Shame!— zarin khan (@sraufkhan) February 8, 2022
i feel like crying. these young women,evn if they win the battle in court,just how long will it take for them to deal with this mental trauma?may god never forgive the perpetrators.— Appy মল্লিক Kandwal (@Appi47931128) February 8, 2022
Let’s see if better sense prevails and the Indian provincial government handles the matter sensibly. PAK DESTINY