New Delhi: Giving a befitting reply to those protesting against hijab in educational institutions, Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi in his sharp reply on Sunday said that a girl wearing a hijab would be the Prime Minister of India one day. His comment comes when Karnataka hijab controversy spread outside the state after a group of Muslim students were barred from entering their college on account of wearing hijabs.
Through a video, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Owaisi, claimed that women wearing hijabs will go to college, become district collectors, magistrates, doctors, businesswomen and so on.
Addressing an audience, Owaisi can be heard saying in the video, “I may not be alive to see it, but mark my words, one day a hijab-wearing girl will be the Prime Minister.”
He added, “If our daughters decide and tell their parents they want to wear hijabs, their parents will support them. Let’s see who can stop them!
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) February 12, 2022
Responding to Owaisi, UP Deputy CM and BJP leader Dinesh Sharma said, “The Opposition is conspiring to spread communalism in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party’s B team is the AIMIM. The fragrance of development is in the state, there is no place for the foul smell of communalism.”
Karnataka hijab controversy
The Karnataka hijab row erupted after a group of young Muslim students were not permitted to enter their college in Udupi district on account of wearing hijabs.
Earlier this week, schools and colleges were shut down in an escalating row over hijab restrictions in class. The protests that began against a hijab ban in one government-run college in Udupi spread to many other campuses where girls wearing headscarves were not allowed entry. As saffron scarf-wearing students launched rival protests, violence at one college forced the police to fire teargas to control the flare-up.
The controversy snowballed further with national political parties attacking each other over the issue. The protests have now spread to different parts of the nation and the matter is in the high court at present.