“In Mahabharata, Draupadi’s clothes were forcibly taken off”: Swara Bhasker’s powerful take on humiliation of Muslim girls in hijab outside Karnataka schools

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Actor Swara Bhasker on Monday took to Twitter to draw a parallel between a tale from Mahabharata and the public humiliation of Muslim girls in hijab outside their schools in the BJP-ruled Karnataka.

Swara wrote in Hindi, “In Mahabharata, Draupadi’s clothes were forcibly taken off.. and the responsible, powerful, law-makers sitting in the assembly kept watching.. just remembered today.”



Though she did not make any direct reference to the hijab ban in Karnataka, it was evident that the famous actor was drawing an ironic comparison between the Mahabharata episode and the current goings-on under the BJP rule.



This was after a video shared by several users on social media showed a woman teacher blocking the entry of Muslim students in hijab. This was just days after the Karnataka High Court ordered that students could not wear their religious dress while entering schools. The controversial order by the Karnataka High Court had evoked angry reactions from netizens.



The Karnataka High Court, which is hearing the matter, has adjourned the matter until tomorrow when the hearing will resume at 2.30 PM.

Last week, a video of a Muslim girl shouting Allahu Akbar to counter the Islamophobia of Hindu boys chanting Jai Shri Ram had triggered global outrage.