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Human Rights Defied in Karnataka, India

Hijab Ban in Schools 

Despite February 1st being world hijab day, countries around the world continue to deny basic human rights with hijab bans. Along with the recent uproar in France toward their new ‘anti-separatism’ bill to ban women under the age of 18 from wearing hijab, India as of Tuesday this week, joined the bandwagon. On February 15th hijab-wearing Muslim students were barred from entering schools and colleges across the state. This ban is in direct breach of the UN charter for human rights that states that every human being should be able to have the freedom to express their religion and have a right to education. 

The government claims that it is a way to equalize all students regardless of religion and this notion has spread to other schools. 

The initial school to ban hijab was government-run and began the ban in early December by removing hijab-wearing students from classes and more recently, escalating the matter to banning them altogether from entering the school. Peaceful protests from the young Muslim women began and spread through Karnataka, India.

Incidents of violence have begun to take place

Hindu sects of the student population have been heckling hijab-wearing students to the degree that police were involved. It seems that educational institutions in the state have turned dress codes into a religious conflict.

The banned has been surrendered to the state’s high court, which is considering two petitions against the ban. The state in the meantime has restrained students from wearing “religious clothes”, including hijab, until it has come to it a decision. 

Some young women worldwide have very eloquently expressed their sentiments on the matter. 

“Age to consent to sex in France: 15, age to consent to hijab: 18, let that sink in. It isn’t a law against the hijab. It is a law against Islam.”-Manar

“It’s part of my identity. To force me to remove it would be a humiliation, I cannot understand why they would want to pass a law that discriminates.”-Chourak

“(The politicians) want our emancipation, they want to save us from this imaginary oppression, but it is they who are oppressing us,”-Mona el Mashouly