A video of students from St. Joseph’s school in Mangalore is making the rounds. The video shows a group of youngsters donning a burqa and dancing on stage. The video carries a message stating that the students in the video belong to the Hindu religion.
मेंगलोर के सेंट जोसेफ़ इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज के एक इवेंट का वीडियो शेयर करते हुए दावा किया जा रहा है कि कुछ हिन्दू छात्रों ने मुसलमानों का मज़ाक उड़ाने के लिए बुर्का पहनकर आइटम गाने पे डांस किया. ये दावा बेबुनियाद है. पढ़िये #AltNewsFactCheck | @Priyankajha0 https://t.co/QFCfhLnmwB
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) December 10, 2022
Several accounts on social media have shared the video, calling out the ‘islamophobia’ of the students. The video was first posted by an account named ‘Hate watch Karnataka’. The account shared the video and called out the act of people donning a burqa and dancing on an item number, but did not claim that those who danced were Hindus.
This is from #Mangaluru, #Karnataka.
In an Event at St.Joseph Engineering College, Mangaluru students seen wearing #Burkha and performing obscene steps for a item song mocking #Burqa & #Hijab.#DakshinKannada #Mangalore #StJosephEngineeringCollege pic.twitter.com/Q6jmN5p77F
— Hate Detector 🔍 (@HateDetectors) December 7, 2022
The video posted by ‘Hate Watch Karnataka’ was shared on Twitter and Facebook, and as the video got more traction, several accounts started to claim that those who danced were Hindus.
TV News Channel India Today showed the video and stated that all the students who danced on stage were Muslim girls.
Video of students dancing wearing burqa at St Joseph's Engineering College in Mangalore went viral.
It was claimed that students who mocked burqa were Hindus & that's Islamophobia.
Now, it is revealed that students who were dancing & mocking burqa are from Muslim community. pic.twitter.com/gL4Sz19uAm
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 9, 2022
St. Joseph Engineering College, Mangalore posted a Twitter thread where they clarified the matter. The college stated that those who danced on the stage were members of the Muslim community. The college also said that students barged on the stage during “the informal part of the students association inaugural”.
The video clip being circulated in social media has captured a part of the dance by students of the muslim community itself who barged on stage during the informal part of students association inaugural.
— St Joseph Engineering College, Mangaluru (@SJEC_Mangaluru) December 8, 2022
“It was not part of the approved program and the students involved have been suspended pending an inquiry.”, tweeted the account. The college also stated that it does not support acts that harm the harmony between communities.
The actual intension behind this video was not to mock any religious culture im one among these four men dancing in this video& everyone was from muslim community itself so i request everyone to stop spreading rumours and hatred towards college and religion @SJEC_Mangaluru
— Mohammed Shahil (@shahilmo10) December 8, 2022
One of the four students involved in the dance, Mohammed Shahil tweeted regarding the matter. He stated that the intention of the students was not to hurt the religious sentiments of people. He also clarified that the dance was done to replicate a ghost dance, and not to make fun of the burqa.