MEA frowns at motivated hijab remarks

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that those who know India well would have a proper appreciation of the realities.

PTIUpdated: Saturday, February 12, 2022, 11:48 PM IST
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India on Saturday rejected criticism by some countries over the simmering dress code row in certain educational institutions in Karnataka and said that "motivated comments" on the country's internal issues are not welcome.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said that those who know India well would have a proper appreciation of the realities.

"A matter regarding dress code in some educational institutions in the State of Karnataka is under judicial examination by the High Court of Karnataka," he said.

"Our constitutional framework and mechanisms, as well as our democratic ethos and polity, are the context in which issues are considered and resolved. Those who know India well would have a proper appreciation of these realities. Motivating comments on our internal issues are not welcome," he said.

Bagchi's response came when asked by the media about comments by some countries on dress codes in some educational institutions in Karnataka.

US Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom (IRF) Rashad Hussain on Friday said that Hijab bans in schools "violate religious" freedom.

Pakistan, too, on Wednesday had summoned India's Charge d'Affaires in Islamabad and conveyed its concern over the restrictions on Muslim girl students.NAMAZ VIDEOTwo videos have surfaced on social media allegedly showing some students in the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Bagalkote performing 'namaz' (prayers) in the school. The incident occurred on February four and following complaints, officials of the Education Department visited the school on Friday. The teachers said they had ordered the students to desist from engaging in religious activities in the classroom. The Block Education Office, which attended a parent-teacher meeting, said the parents have promised that such activities will not be repeated on the school premises.

In the second instance, at least six students were seen performing namaz at a school in the Bagalkote district. A few parents objected to the practice alleging that the school authorities had permitted it to happen on the premises.

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