A US authorities physique that screens and reviews on non secular freedom overseas has criticized Karnataka amid the row over Muslim college students’ demand for carrying hijab on campus.
Rashad Hussain, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, or IRF, tweeted “hijab bans in schools violate religious freedom”, referring to the controversy in Karnataka that has prompted the state authorities to maintain faculties and schools shut until the excessive court docket completes trying into petitions on the hijab ban.
“Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire. The Indian state of Karnataka should not determine permissibility of religious clothing. Hijab bans in schools violate religious freedom and stigmatize and marginalize women and girls,” Mr Hussain’s workplace tweeted.
Religious freedom contains the flexibility to decide on one’s non secular apparel. The Indian state of Karnataka shouldn’t decide permissibility of spiritual clothes. Hijab bans in faculties violate non secular freedom and stigmatize and marginalize ladies and ladies.
— Amb. at Large for International Religious Freedom (@IRF_Ambassador) February 11, 2022
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom of which Mr Hussain is an envoy comes below the US Office of International Religious Freedom, which has up to now commented on tensions alongside non secular strains in India.
The Karnataka High Court has mentioned it will resume listening to petitions difficult the hijab restrictions on Monday. The excessive court docket in its interim order at this time mentioned no non secular apparel, whether or not shawls or hijab, can be allowed inside instructional establishments.
The protests that started final week towards a hijab ban in a single government-run faculty within the coastal city Udupi unfold to many different establishments the place ladies carrying hijabs weren’t allowed entry. As saffron scarf-wearing college students launched counter protests, violence at one faculty pressured the police to fireplace teargas to manage the flare-up.
India is but to answer Mr Hussain’s feedback on the hijab row in Karnataka.
Mr Hussain was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for IRF by the US Senate in December final yr. He is the primary Muslim Ambassador-at-Large for IRF. He beforehand held a number of high-level positions within the US authorities together with serving because the Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation throughout the Obama administration.