Motivated comments are not welcome: India hits back US for its hijab remarks
"Those who know India well would have a proper appreciation of those realities," , External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
New Delhi: Hijab row in Karnataka gets global attention, media across the globe has trying to paint bad image against India. For global uproar, India has said that motivated comments on internal issues of the country are not welcome.
India’s comments came after Hijab controversy, which has led large scale of protest across the country. India has also responded the reactions of Rashad Hussain, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom (IRF) tweeted that “Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire. The Indian state of Karnataka should not determine permissibility of religious clothing. Hijab bans in schools violates religious freedoms and stigmatize and marginalize women and girls”,
United States- India Relationship Council (USIRC) rebutted the allegation of IRF, they stated that “USIRC fully rejects the statement made by the IRF_Ambassador. Quebec and many European governments/institutions have bans on attire that deprive women of dignity. The debate on religious attire is extremely complex and requires more nuance and consistency from an Ambassador”, he stated.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi 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 Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka. Our constitutional framework and mechanisms, as well as our democratic ethos and polity, are the context in which issues are considered and resolved," Mr Bagchi said in a statement.
Muslim students in several Karnataka colleges are demanding that they be allowed to attend classes wearing a hijab.
IRF Ambassador, Rashad Hussain was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for IRF by the US Senate in December last year. He is the first Muslim Ambassador-at-Large for IRF. He previously held several high-level positions in the US government including serving as the Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation during the Obama administration.
The hijab row started in Karnataka in December-end when a few students of a government pre-university college in Udupi who attended classes wearing headscarves were asked to leave the campus