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Malala urges Indian leaders to end ‘marginalization of Muslim women’

Nobel laureate and women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai.  — AFP/File
Nobel laureate and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai. — AFP/File
  • Malala says the “objectification of women continues – for wearing less or more.”
  • “Refusing to let girls wear headscarves to school is horrific,” she says.
  • Earlier today, a video went viral on social media showing a girl being harassed by more than 100 male students wearing saffron scarves.

Speaking about the ongoing hijab feud in India, Nobel laureate and education rights activist Malala Yousafzai said on Saturday that the “objectification of women – for wearing less or more – continues.

On Twitter, Malala spoke about the hijab controversy raging in the Indian state of Karnataka, where Muslim students wearing the hijab are banned from entering university buildings.

Malala said: “Refusing to allow girls to go to school in their headscarves is appalling.”

The activist spoke out against the decision and urged Indian leaders to stop the “marginalization of Muslim women”.

Mob in India chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ bullies Muslim hijabi girl

Earlier today, a social media video went viral on social media.

The video caused a stir among people in which a girl named Muskan, wearing hijab, could be accosted by a “saffron-scarf-clad mob” who chanted “Jai Shri Ram” (victory over Lord Rama) as she entered her college.

In response, the girl chanted “Allah Hu Akbar” (Allah is great) and turned her back to the crowd.

Speak with India todaythe girl said, “They asked me to take off my burqa and wouldn’t let me in. As soon as I entered the college, the group of Jai Shri Ram started to sing.”

The girl said the crowd included outsiders and boys from her university, but university staff supported her. “I was scared when the crowd surrounded me,” she added.

Protests have intensified since the hijab spat in Karnataka. A few days ago, a university in Udupi locked up hijabi students outside the university.


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