Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio in the city government, has responded to allegations of a Muslim girl being asked to remove hijab by her teacher in one of the schools in the national capital.
Sisodia said, “We are running a very good education system in Delhi. Now there’s an attempt to do politics even there.”
Denying the allegations, Sisodia told reporters, “Girls from every religion study in our schools and there are no restrictions imposed by the government. We respect every tradition.
“I inquired about this incident. As of now, I don’t think anyone is facing any issues. May be one teacher asked a girl and it became an issue. But our government, school system respect and care every single student.”
This was after a minor girl from a Delhi government school in Mustafabad alleged that she was asked to remove her headscarf at school. According to news agency PTI, the girl made the allegation in a video that went viral on social media.
The minor girl, in her video, had alleged that she was asked to not attend schools in hijab. The teacher, according to her, asked her not look like her mother.
Yeah #Delhi ke ilaqe mustafabad ke Ek government school ki bachchi hai #Delhi Ke schoolon ke andar bachchiyon ko hijab Utaar Kar school Mai entry dee jaa rhi hai hijab pehenkar ladkiyan school nhi aaa skti hai Aisa school ke principal ka kehna Hai @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia pic.twitter.com/bfvowIcNAi
— armanmalik (@armanma81149006) February 22, 2022
The controversy was triggered by BJP government’s diktat in Karnataka banning schools and colleges from allowing Muslim girls to enter their educational institutions in their religious headscarves. The Karnataka High Court had later imposed a similar ban in their interim order. A three-judge Bench of the Karnataka High Court has been hearing the matter for several days.