Written By: Aashish Vashistha
Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba took to Instagram to share clip of protest showing faceoff between saffron shawls wearing boys and burqa clad girls on his Instagram story. He has eloquently expressed his thoughts on the ongoing Karnataka hijab row. The French midfielder reposted a video clip of protests held in Karnataka after Muslim girls came in hijab in educational institutions. This led to a nationwide protest across the nation.
This 28-year-old 2018 World Cup winner reposted the reel, shared initially from an account named “.islamismydeen.“, on his own Instagram story. The above-mentioned clip was captioned with: “Hindutva mobs continue to harass Muslim girls wearing hijab to college in India.”
Earlier before Paul Pogba, Malala Yousufzai, human rights activist also tweeted on the ongoing hijab row in favour of hijab clad girls asking the Indian Government to stop marginalisation of Muslim women. Malala had supported her remarks by sharing a news report of “The Scroll” on the hijab row where many Muslim students across numerous government colleges in Karnataka were banned from entering college premises wearing hijab. But Malala was trolled for her remarks as netizens said that she was quiet when women rights were violated in Afghanistan.
On February 10, the Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi-led heard petitions by the Muslim students against prohibition on wearing hijab. The bench then decided to hear the matter again on Monday, February 14 and instructed students not to wear any religious garments until the issue was pending with the court. Now colleges in Karnataka can reopen but students can not wear religious outfits until this matter is pending.