“Bikini or hijab, it is a woman’s right”: Priyanka Gandhi makes bold statement amidst harassment faced by Karnataka’s hijab girls

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday made a bold statement in support of girls wanting to attend classes by wearing hijab.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Vadra, currently busy campaigning in the UP assembly polls, wrote on Twitter, “Whether it is a bikini, a ghoonghat, a pair of jeans or a hijab, it is a woman’s right to decide what she wants to wear. This right is GUARANTEED by the Indian constitution. Stop harassing women. #ladkihoonladsaktihoon.”

The Congress leader’s statement came hours after a video of a Muslim girl being terrorised by dozens of Hindu students. In the viral video, the Muslim girl was seen shouting Allahu Akbar to counter Jai Shri Ram chants by Hindu students.

The college staff had earned plenty of plaudits for their quick intervention to protect the Muslim student.

Karanataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Tuesday ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges as the controversy over hijab spiralled out of control in the state. Bommai said, “I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of karnataka to maintain peace and harmony. I have ordered closure of all high schools and colleges for next three days. All concerned are requested to cooperate.”

Karnataka has a BJP government.

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