Human Rights Watch: Hijab reinforces sectarian divisions in India

India’s Karnataka (Human Rights Watch) – 02/16/2022. 14:22

Temporary closure of schools in an Indian state due to the hijab

  • India’s Karnataka bans headscarves in schools and colleges
  • Forcing women and girls to dress in a certain way undermines their freedom

The recent protests in the state of Indian Karnataka about wearing hijab In educational institutions about sectarian divisions increasingly fueled by divisive political campaigns, these disagreements are so severe that they have led to the closure of

Temporary school in the state because of the case.

A report of the organization Human Rights Watch The Karnataka government restrictions on wearing headscarves in schools and colleges India’s obligations under International Human Rights Law who guarantees the right to freely express his religious beliefs,

Freedom of expression, education without discrimination.

The Karnataka state government has upheld the ban on Muslim female students from covering their heads in the classroom, claiming it is for public safety.

While many Indian Muslim citizens have resorted to social media to express discriminatory and misogynistic views; or argue against them.

Many claim that the veil is often imposed on Muslim women, and that those who demand freedom of choice are causing harm.

However, banning the use of religious clothing, or forcing women and girls to dress in a certain way, undermines their right to choose their own clothing.

Conservative Muslims say hijab protects women from sexual harassment

Some conservative Muslims insist that the headscarf protects women from sexual harassment, and this reflects a broader view across Indian society that receives

Blaming women for being targets of assault for their choice of clothing, many supporters of the ban on headscarves also support the BJP

The governor, some of his leaders who previously called for a ban on jeans and skirts, or said that rapes don’t happen when people practice “values”


The argument that women’s clothing is either a protection or a provocation in sexual assault situations is a form of victim blaming, providing an easy excuse to avoid the difficult task of creating effective mechanisms to prevent violence against women

and girls and respond to it and punish the perpetrators in a way that supports the survivors.

Rather than getting involved in societal politics, Indian authorities should focus on protecting the rights of all women and girls, including freedom of religion, expression and education.

Hundreds of veiled and veiled women in the Pakistani city of Karachi organized a protest against the ban of some educational institutions in southern India for Muslim students to wear the veil.

The demonstrators carried banners denouncing the ban, chanted slogans against the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and denounced “the persecution of Muslims.”

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