New Delhi, February 10 (KMS): Strongly reacting to the heckling of lone hijab-wearing Muslim girl by Hindu extremists in India’s Karnataka state, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has said it is a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear.
Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet said, “Whether it is a bikini, a ‘ghoonghat’, a pair of jeans or a ‘hijab’, it is a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear.”
She asserted that this right is guaranteed by the Constitution of India. “This right is GUARANTEED by the Indian constitution. Stop harassing women,” she said using the hashtag ‘ladkihoonladsaktihoon’.
Incidents of stone pelting and use of force by police were reported as the hijab row in Karnataka escalated and protests by students spread to more colleges prompting the state government to declare a three-day holiday for all educational institutes.
The hijab controversy first erupted in January at a government PU College in Udupi, where six students who attended classes wearing headscarf in violation of the stipulated dress code were asked to leave the campus, and has spread to different parts of the state with Hindu extremists responding by turning up in saffron shawls.
The row has taken a political colour as the ruling BJP stood strongly in support of ban on hijab enforced by educational institutes, calling the headscarf a religious symbol, while the opposition Congress has come out in support of Muslim girls.
It is worth mentioning here that Hindutva stands exposed as Hindu extremists heckled lone hijab-wearing Muslim girl, Muskan Khan in India’s Karnataka state, the other day. Daring act of chanting Allah-o-Akbar by Muskan in response to Hindutva slogans have reached all over world. The brave girl who defied RSS goons has become a symbol of resistance against Hindutva and her act of raising Allah-o-Akbar is trending on Twitter.