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Fact Check – Students Wearing Burqa Are Not Hindus!

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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.

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.

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.

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”.

“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.

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.

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