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In a recent controversy, Rajasthan has set tensions over the wearing of hijabs in schools, stemming from statements made by BJP MLA Balmukund Acharya during a visit to a government school. The incident occurred on January 29 when Acharya, part of Republic Day celebrations, asserted that hijabs should not be allowed in schools. 

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The controversy began when BJP MLA Balmukund Acharya visited the Government Senior Secondary Girls School, Gangapol, on January 26. Videos from the event show Acharya expressing his opposition to hijabs in schools while also engaging in slogans like “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Saraswati Mata Ki Jai.” Following this, Muslim students filed a complaint at the police station, alleging that Acharya’s statements disrupted the school atmosphere. Subsequently, scores of Muslim girl students from the school protested against Acharya’s stance on hijabs.

Rajasthan Government Contemplating Hijab Ban In Schools After Muslim  Students Protested Against BJP MLA's Objection

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In response to the incident, Rajasthan’s Education Minister, Madan Dilawar, has proposed a strict dress code for all students in government schools across the state. The move has been met with resistance from students who argue that what they wear is their personal choice and should not be subject to external interference. One protesting student emphasized that wearing a hijab is their right, asserting the students’ determination to continue their protest until an apology is issued.

The controversy has drawn in various political figures, with BJP Minister Kirori Lal Meena supporting the idea that the hijab symbolizes slavery brought in by the Mughals. He expressed intentions to discuss implementing a hijab ban with Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma. Additionally, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad has advocated for a dress code in schools, citing the necessity for discipline and equality among students.

Rajasthan Contemplates Hijab Ban: Education Minister's Stance and Ongoing  Controversy

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Amidst the hijab debate, a girl named Tanjim Merani launched a hunger strike in CM Bhajan Lal Sharma’s constituency, opposing the wearing of hijabs in educational settings. This parallel movement showcases the diverse perspectives on the issue. However, the broader concern is the potential stigmatization of religious practices, particularly those of Muslim women. Similar bans in India, such as in Karnataka, have resulted in Muslim women facing discrimination and barriers to educational opportunities. A survey by PUCL revealed that over a thousand Muslim women dropped out of educational institutes due to the hijab ban in Karnataka.


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