A US authorities physique that screens and experiences on non secular freedom overseas has criticised Karnataka amid the row over Muslim college students’ demand for sporting hijab on campus.
Rashad Hussain, the Ambassador at Massive for Worldwide Non secular Freedom, or IRF, tweeted «hijab bans in faculties violate non secular freedom», referring to the controversy in Karnataka that has prompted the state authorities to maintain faculties and faculties shut until the excessive court docket completes wanting into petitions on the hijab ban.
«Non secular freedom contains the power to decide on one’s non secular apparel. The Indian state of Karnataka mustn’t decide permissibility of non secular clothes. Hijab bans in faculties violate non secular freedom and stigmatize and marginalize ladies and women,» Mr Hussain’s workplace tweeted.
Non secular freedom contains the power to decide on one’s non secular apparel. The Indian state of Karnataka mustn’t decide permissibility of non secular clothes. Hijab bans in faculties violate non secular freedom and stigmatize and marginalize ladies and women.
— Amb. at Massive for Worldwide Non secular Freedom (@IRF_Ambassador) February 11, 2022
The Ministerial to Advance Non secular Freedom of which Mr Hussain is an envoy comes beneath the US Workplace of Worldwide Non secular Freedom, which has previously commented on tensions alongside non secular strains in India.
The Karnataka Excessive Court docket has stated it could resume listening to petitions difficult the hijab restrictions on Monday. The excessive court docket in its interim order at present stated no non secular apparel, whether or not shawls or hijab, might be allowed inside instructional establishments.
The protests that started final week in opposition to a hijab ban in a single government-run faculty within the coastal city Udupi unfold to many different establishments the place women sporting hijabs weren’t allowed entry. As saffron scarf-wearing college students launched counter protests, violence at one faculty compelled the police to fireplace teargas to manage the flare-up.
India is but to answer Mr Hussain’s feedback on the hijab row in Karnataka.
Mr Hussain was appointed Ambassador-at-Massive for IRF by the US Senate in December final yr. He’s the primary Muslim Ambassador-at-Massive for IRF. He beforehand held a number of high-level positions within the US authorities together with serving because the Particular Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation throughout the Obama administration.