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Hijab Ban: Priyanka Gandhi bats for ‘ladki hoon’ on hijab row

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On Wednesday, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said it is a woman’s right to choose what she wants to wear. It has been pledged by the Indian Constitution, the Congress general secretary said, A woman can choose to wear bikini, ghoonghat, pair of jeans or hijab. These comments were made in the middle of the ongoing hijab row in Karnataka owing to which all educational institutions have been shut for three days. Priyanka connected the matter with the Congress’s poll slogan of women empowerment in Uttar Pradesh ‘Ladki hoon lad sakti hoon’.

A protest in a few colleges has become a huge controversy with incidents of stone-bombardment at so many places in Karnataka over the hijab row. The high court will resume hearing the appeal of the Muslim students looking for their right to wear the hijab inside the classroom.

The Congress has been supporting the protesting students with former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor extending their hold up to the cause.

Rahul had tweeted earlier. “By letting students’ hijab come in the way of their education, we are robbing the future of the daughters of India. Ma Saraswati gives knowledge to all. She doesn’t differentiate.” 

In the middle of the ongoing row, a video of a hijab-clad student being heckled by a group of boys has gone viral on social media. Women’s right activist Malala Yousafzai reacted to the video and said it is horrifying that girls in hijab are being forced to choose between studies and the hijab.

BJP’s Amit Malviya tweeted on Wednesday, “Is the right to wear a hijab a Constitutional right? Religious freedom under Art 25 is subject to Constitutional morality and the State can legitimately restrict it on grounds of public order and morality. What if women in uniformed services start demanding the right to wear hijab?”

 Malviya said, “The first word in the Quran is Iqra, which means to read. But what we are seeing in Karnataka is anything but a quest for knowledge. Young girls, in the name of faith, are being asked to choose hijab over education. The ghettoisation seen so far in minority institutions is spilling.”

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