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Security tight in India as schools reopen after headscarf row

There have been no studies of disturbances however native media on Monday stated a number of Muslim women selected to not attend lessons or sit exams when requested to take away their headscarves.

“We have grown up wearing the hijab since our childhood and we cannot give it up. I will not write the exam, I will go home,” the News Minute media outlet quoted a younger woman as saying.

“Hindu students wear vermilion … Christian students wear a rosary, what is wrong if our children wear the hijab?” a father or mother informed broadcaster NDTV.

Nasir Sharif, 43, stated his 15-year-old daughter was informed to take off her hijab on the faculty gates on Wednesday in Chikmagalur district. He persuaded faculty authorities to permit her to take away it solely in class.

“My daughter has been wearing the hijab since she was five years old. It is to protect her dignity. What they are asking us to do is humiliating,” Sharif informed AFP.

A video on social media that might not be independently verified confirmed round a dozen women in burqas shouting, “We want justice! Allahu Akbar (God is most great)”, after being prevented from getting into class.

The row has heightened fears amongst Muslims in India, with many saying they really feel underneath assault by the federal government of Hindu-nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rashad Hussain, US ambassador at massive for worldwide spiritual freedom, tweeted final week that hijab bans in schools “violate religious freedom and stigmatise and marginalise women and girls”.

The Indian authorities stated in a press release that individuals “who know India well would have a proper appreciation of these realities”.

“Motivated comments on our internal issues are not welcome,” it added.

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