Muskan Khan, a Muslim student who was harassed by Hindu extremists in the way of going to college wearing hijab in the Indian state of Karnataka, said they chanted “Jai Shri Ram” because he was wearing hijab.
Then I also gave the sound of Allahu Akbar. I will continue to fight for the right to wear hijab.
There was widespread outrage in Karnataka on Tuesday after a video of a Muslim student wearing a hijab being harassed by extremist Hindus was posted on Twitter.
As seen in the video, a group of boys wearing scarves surrounded Muskan Khan. However, she did not give up and expressed her position. She said most of the boys were outsiders.
Muslim students cannot accept the ban on Islamic hijab in that college in Karnataka. They see it as an attack on the assurance of securing their religion in India’s secular constitution.
When Hindu extremist groups tried to block the entry of Muslim students into educational institutions, communal tensions erupted.
After the incident on Tuesday, Muskan Khan told India’s NDTV news channel, “I was supposed to submit my assignment. That’s why I entered college. But they would not let me in because I was wearing a burqa. ‘
She said, ‘They started chanting slogans like Joy Shri Ram. Then I also sounded like Allahu Akbar. ‘She said that she would continue to fight for her right to wear the hijab.
“Only 10 percent of the extremists present were from our college,” she said. The rest were outsiders.
Fear among Muslims
On Tuesday, the Karnataka government, led by the extremist Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), announced the closure of Rajel educational institutions for three days.
This situation in the state of Karnataka has led to a growing fear among the minority community. They fear increasing persecution under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Tuesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Moreover, there is a significant police presence in schools in nearby cities.
MoModi’sJP chief minister Basbaraj Bombay has declared all high schools closed for three days and urged everyone to remain calm.
Last month, students at a government-run high school were told not to wear the hijab. Since then, extremist Hindu groups have been trying to prevent hijab-wearing students from entering state educational institutions.
In the state of Karnataka, 12% of the population is Muslim.
Increased tension between Muslim and Hindu students
Karnataka Chief Minister BC Nagesh said on Twitter that the school’s dress code had been revised after reconsidering the court session to ban hijab in educational institutions.
Muslim students have been condemning the ban.
According to local media reports, in the coastal town of Udupi last week, quoting a directive from the Ministry of Education, a number of Muslim girls wearing hijab were not allowed to enter schools. Students and their parents strongly oppose this policy.
Ayesha, a teenage student at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in Udupi, said, “Why are they suddenly saying that we can’t wear hijab? Why are they starting now?
He said one teacher did not take his chemistry test because he was wearing a hijab.
“Why do not oppose any religion,” he said. We do not protest against anyone. We are fighting for our rights.