Hijab ban in Kernataka reflective of communal mindset, NC MPs stage walkout from Indian parliament

Srinagar, February 10 (KMS): The National Conference Members of Indian Parliament, Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Muhammad Akbar Lone staged a walkout in Lok Sabha to protest the Karnataka governments’ handling of the Hijab row.

Later expressing concern over the row, which has spilled over to other colleges in Karnataka, the MPs said the female students wearing Hijab being heckled by a mob in Karnataka is disturbing and the hush in the government circles of the State over the matter is equally of great concern.

They said the decision to wear Hijab should be left to women and girls. Expressing concern over the Karnataka government’s shoddy handling of the issue, they said it is reflective of the endemic patriarchy and communal mindset at play. These incidents should not be seen in seclusion but as a part of enforcing homogeneity at the expense of India’s multifarious cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah today raised the issue of huge unemployment among Jammu and Kashmir youth despite being highly educated, which he said was plunging them into depression.

In his address in the Lok Sabha during the discussion on the budget, Abdullah said that prices of food stuff are at a high, which would go up even further after the elections to the five States.

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