A move by schools and colleges in the southern Indian state of Karnataka to bar Muslim students wearing hijab from attending classes has given rise to a row that has made its way to the court and the streets.
Many, including Indian politicians and celebrities, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai and Pakistani politicians have voiced opposition to the hijab ban at educational institutions.
The dispute in Karnataka has also set off protests in the southern state and elsewhere in the country, with demonstrations held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and other cities.
On Sunday, women in Mumbai, India’s financial hub, took to the streets against the hijab ban.
Photographs from yesterday showed that the protesters were predominantly women wearing hijab, niqab, and burqa. They held placards emblazoned with slogans such as “Hijab is our right, hijab is our pride” and “We cover our heads, not our brain.”