Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Minorities

Jamia students protest hijab ban, gov't deploys paramilitary forces

Police and paramilitary forces deployed outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University after receiving news of peaceful student protest

Sabrangindia 24 Mar 2022

JMI hijab protest
Image Courtesy:Twitter.com

On March 24, 2022, students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, called for a protest march iIn solidarity with the Muslim girl students in Karnataka. But instead of allowing students to exercise their right to protest peacefully, the government reacted by sending out a huge contingent of police and paramilitary forces that remain deployed outside the University.

Images and videos on social media show security personnel standing outside holding lathis, while inside, students decry the policies of the ruling regime and its ideological partner, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that have caused an unnecessary controversy related to the traditional Islaic headscarf. Campus Front of India activists and students chanted slogans and protested the Karnataka High Court decision that virtually allowed the hijab ban by observing that wearing of hijab is not an essential practice in Islam. Some students held up posters that read “Seek Respect not Attention”.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, refused to list the Muslim girl students’ plea for urgent hearing, reported Bar and Bench. The girls’ representative pleaded for a speedy hearing citing that the students would have exams but the Court dismissed the argument stating “that has nothing to do with the matter.”

This despite widespread news of how the Hijab row in the state has escalated to a point where Muslim girls refuse to enter educational premises if they are told to remove the head-dress. Netizens criticised the administration for this indirect exclusion of young girls. One person argued that the act of hindering girls’ education befits the Taliban but not democratic governments of India.

 

Related:

Saffronisation of education is okay, but hijabs are out?
Karnataka: Why is the BJP gov't endorsing "Congress time rule" prohibiting non-Hindu vendors on temple land?
Hijab row: Udupi girls dubbed terrorists by BJP leader
Walkouts, objections, after Karnataka HC verdict on Hijab, but BJP netas hail it

Jamia students protest hijab ban, gov't deploys paramilitary forces

Police and paramilitary forces deployed outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University after receiving news of peaceful student protest

JMI hijab protest
Image Courtesy:Twitter.com

On March 24, 2022, students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, called for a protest march iIn solidarity with the Muslim girl students in Karnataka. But instead of allowing students to exercise their right to protest peacefully, the government reacted by sending out a huge contingent of police and paramilitary forces that remain deployed outside the University.

Images and videos on social media show security personnel standing outside holding lathis, while inside, students decry the policies of the ruling regime and its ideological partner, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that have caused an unnecessary controversy related to the traditional Islaic headscarf. Campus Front of India activists and students chanted slogans and protested the Karnataka High Court decision that virtually allowed the hijab ban by observing that wearing of hijab is not an essential practice in Islam. Some students held up posters that read “Seek Respect not Attention”.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, refused to list the Muslim girl students’ plea for urgent hearing, reported Bar and Bench. The girls’ representative pleaded for a speedy hearing citing that the students would have exams but the Court dismissed the argument stating “that has nothing to do with the matter.”

This despite widespread news of how the Hijab row in the state has escalated to a point where Muslim girls refuse to enter educational premises if they are told to remove the head-dress. Netizens criticised the administration for this indirect exclusion of young girls. One person argued that the act of hindering girls’ education befits the Taliban but not democratic governments of India.

 

Related:

Saffronisation of education is okay, but hijabs are out?
Karnataka: Why is the BJP gov't endorsing "Congress time rule" prohibiting non-Hindu vendors on temple land?
Hijab row: Udupi girls dubbed terrorists by BJP leader
Walkouts, objections, after Karnataka HC verdict on Hijab, but BJP netas hail it

Related Articles

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Theme

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Campaigns

Sunday

03

Jan

Pan-India

Saturday

05

Dec

05 pm onwards

Rise in Rage!

North Gate, JNU campus

Thursday

26

Nov

10 am onwards

Delhi Chalo

Pan India

Videos

Communalism

Hate, Arms, Shrine Takeovers: Is Hindutva extremism at its peak in Karnataka?

WATCH: In this SabrangIndia Exclusive show called 'Column 9', journalist & activist Shivasundar talks about the journey of Hindutva Extremism, from fringe groups to the center, in Karnataka, which is arguably empowered and emboldened by the legislative and judiciary, simultaneously.

Communalism

Hate, Arms, Shrine Takeovers: Is Hindutva extremism at its peak in Karnataka?

WATCH: In this SabrangIndia Exclusive show called 'Column 9', journalist & activist Shivasundar talks about the journey of Hindutva Extremism, from fringe groups to the center, in Karnataka, which is arguably empowered and emboldened by the legislative and judiciary, simultaneously.

IN FACT

Analysis

Stop Hate

Hate and Harmony in 2021

A recap of all that transpired across India in terms of hate speech and even outright hate crimes, as well as the persecution of those who dared to speak up against hate. This disturbing harvest of hate should now push us to do more to forge harmony.
Taliban 2021

Taliban in Afghanistan: A look back

Communalism Combat had taken a deep dive into the lives of people of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Here we reproduce some of our archives documenting the plight of hapless Afghanis, especially women, who suffered the most under the hardline regime.
2020

Milestones 2020

In the year devastated by the Covid 19 Pandemic, India witnessed apathy against some of its most marginalised people and vilification of dissenters by powerful state and non state actors. As 2020 draws to a close, and hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers continue their protest in the bitter North Indian cold. Read how Indians resisted all attempts to snatch away fundamental and constitutional freedoms.
Migrant Diaries

Migrant Diaries

The 2020 COVID pandemic brought to fore the dismal lives that our migrant workers lead. Read these heartbreaking stories of how they lived before the pandemic, how the lockdown changed their lives and what they’re doing now.

Archives