torsdag 10. februar 2022

Hijab row: The India woman who is the face of the fight to wear headscarf

Muskaan Khan has inadvertently become the face of resistance for young Indian Muslim women amid an escalating row over hijabs, or headscarves. In a video that has gone viral, the 19-year-old student can be seen entering her college as a mob of men approach her. Wearing saffron shawls - a colour associated with Hinduism and Hindu nationalist groups - they started shouting "Jai Shri Ram" or "victory to Lord Ram".

As they continued to heckle her, Ms Khan, who was wearing a hijab and a face mask along with a long black gown, stood her ground - she shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) in return. Soon, college authorities escorted her inside. "All that I want is to stand by my rights and education," she told the BBC from her home in Karnataka state's Mandya city, where the video was shot.