Pehle hijab fir kitaab: AIMIM displays posters in Maharashtra’s Beed
Tidy Hijab: AIMIM put up posters in Maharashtra’s Beed
Mumbai: Amid the hijab controversy in Karnataka, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadule Muslimeen (AIMIM) workers displayed posters reading ‘pehle hijab, phir kitaab‘ (first hijab then studies) in the Beed district of Maharashtra.
Speaking to the media, an AIMIM worker said wearing the hijab or burqa is an age-old custom in Islam and Muslim women and girls venture out of their homes wearing a hijab or a burqa.
These days girls wear very short dresses, we don’t comment on that or stop them, so we should also be allowed to follow our traditions according to Islam, the AIMIM worker added.
Earlier, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi criticized the BJP government in Karnataka over a row over the hijab, saying serious violations of the constitution were being committed in the state.
“I pray that our sisters who are fighting for their right to wear hijab will succeed in their fight. Serious violations of Articles 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution are being committed in Karnataka. I condemn this decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party government ( BJP) of Karnataka,” Owaisi said while addressing a public rally in Uttar Pradesh.
Karnataka has witnessed protests after some students were reportedly denied entry to university wearing the hijab (a headscarf worn by Muslim women). The hijab controversy started after some female students at Government Girls PU college in Udupi district who wanted to wear hijab inside the premises were reportedly prevented from attending classes.
In accordance with the order issued by the Board of Pre-College Education, students may only wear uniforms approved by the school and college administration and no other religious practices will be permitted.
Meanwhile, the Single Judge of Karnataka High Court hearing the case of banning hijab on school and college campuses referred the case to Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi.
“Given the enormity of the issues of significance that have been argued, the court is of the view that the Chief Justice should decide whether a larger bench can be constituted on the matter,” Justice Dixit said.