Kashmir Valley students protest hijab ban and spark major outcry

This morning, several female students were spotted protesting outside their college in Srinagar, sparking a new issue in the Kashmir Valley. A large number of hijab-wearing students said they were not allowed on school grounds. Women at Vishwa Bharti Women’s College in Srinagar were at the center of a scandal that quickly turned political.

The controversy snowballed and was criticized by everyone from political leaders to religious authorities. For what purpose should the abaya be removed? I won’t take the abaya off because I don’t love this university more than I love God. Since there are so many male students in my university and because of the rampant immorality that goes under the radar of the college administration, I have no intention of removing my abaya.

Who is she to insist that we take off our abayas? Instead of attending a Darsgah (religious school), she wants to know if we are required to dress modestly and wear an abaya. A student has expressed concern that girls who choose to cover their hair with abayas might be treated differently in class. The children were asked to wear the blanket in accordance with established protocols, but school management say there was a misunderstanding. According to the administration, students’ use of a variety of colors in their abayas violates the school’s dress code.

Some students choose to adhere to the school dress policy by wearing the Islamic headscarf known as the abaya. In an effort to maintain decorum, I advised instructors yesterday to ask these students not to wear abayas on school premises, but they are encouraged to wear them until they enter the school. school.

A proper dress code which is followed everywhere should also be observed here in my opinion even if there is no higher authority involved. For children who wish, we will declare a standard color and design for the Abaya that they can wear to school. Memroz Shafi, the school’s InCharge director, said brightly colored Abayas would not be tolerated on campus.

The political establishment in the Kashmir Valley has also expressed its disapproval of the plan. This type of dictatorship would not be allowed, according to the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Despite the school’s new status as a coeducational learning environment, female students should be able to wear the burqa and abaya if they wish, as recommended by Grand Mufti of the Kashmir Valley, Mufti Nasir Ul Islam.

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