A student holds a placard during a protest by Muslim Students Federation against the recent hijab ban in few of Karnataka’s colleges, in New Delhi, India, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
Hindu students mounted counter-protests, flocking to schools in recent days in support of the ban, forcing the Karnataka state government to shut schools and colleges for three days to ease tensions between the two communities.
The row has drawn in Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls' education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who asked Indian leaders in a tweet to "stop the marginalisation of Muslim women". REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
"Refusing to let girls go to school in their hijabs is horrifying. Objectification of women persists — for wearing less or more," Yousafzai said in a tweet. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Hundreds of students in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata chanted slogans and blocked roads in protest of a hijab ban in the southern state of Karnataka, as a row over wearing the head covering in schools intensifies. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
Muslim students and members of Muslim Students Federation protest against the recent hijab ban in few of Karnataka's colleges, in New Delhi, India, February 8, 2022.
"We will keep protesting until the government stops insulting the students," said one of the protestors. "We want our fundamental rights back…you cannot take away our rights." REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
Students and members of Muslim Students Federation protest against the recent hijab ban.