Protests in India after Muslim women are banned from wearing the hijab

India (Associated Press) – 11/02/2022. 14:11

India..Protests spread to Pakistan

  • Court orders the state to reopen schools and colleges
  • The conflict in Karnataka has sparked protests elsewhere in India

Demonstrators continued their protests in the streets of New Delhi with India Protest against the ban on headscarves in some schools in an Indian state.

And requested a court in the state of South IndiaOn Thursday, students are told not to wear any religious clothing until it issues a ruling on petitions seeking to repeal a ban on the headscarf worn by Muslim women.

A court in Karnataka is considering petitions by students to challenge the headscarf ban implemented by some schools in recent weeks.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasti as saying: “We will issue an order. Until the matter is resolved, no student should insist on wearing religious dress.”

The court also ordered the state to reopen schools and colleges that the prime minister had closed for three days, as protests over the ban escalated earlier in the week.

The case made headlines last month when a government-run school in Karnataka’s Udupi district prevented students wearing headscarves from entering classrooms, sparking protests outside the school gate. and followed her

More schools in the state blocked a similar ban, forcing the state’s Supreme Court to step in.

Activists from the Students’ Union of India hold banners during a demonstration against the recent headscarf ban at several educational institutes in Karnataka, February 2022 (AFP)

The uneasy standoff has raised concerns among Muslim students who say they are being denied their religious rights in the Hindu-majority country. Hundreds of students and parents took to the streets on Monday to protest the ban.

The dispute in Karnataka has sparked protests elsewhere in India. A number of demonstrators were arrested in the capital, New Delhi, on Thursday, and students and activists organized a march in cities including Hyderabad and Kolkata in recent days.

It has also drawn attention in neighboring Muslim-majority Pakistan. “Depriving Muslim girls of education is a serious violation of basic human rights,” its foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, describing the situation as

“Very oppressive.”

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai has also condemned the ban. The 24-year-old Pakistani human rights activist wrote on Twitter: “Refusal to allow girls to go to school wearing a headscarf is an absolute must.


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