As Iranian women protest hijab imposition by burning their headscarves, the secular brigade in India wants to normalize the Islamic headdress. ‘Morality police’ in Iran recently beat 22-year-old Mahsa Amini to death for ‘improper’ hijab.
“See how many people are being killed for protesting the brutal death of #MahsaAmini, who was murdered by Hijab police for wearing improper hijab. A headscarf is worth more than our life in Iran. I call on women in the world to show their solidarity” tweeted Iranian Masih Alinejad.
While Islamic Iran is rising against the mullahs’ autocracy, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi roped in a minor hijab-sporting girl during his ‘Bharat Jodo yatra. Congress shared an image of Gandhi with the girl in hijab on their official Twitter page. The party appears to be endorsing a dress that has been used by Islamic fundamentalists the world over as a sign of oppression against women.
Not just Congress, but members of the leftist-secular cabal attempted to justify the regressive Islamist practice. Leftist extremist Kavita Krishnan took the Iranian protests as an opportunity to target Bharatiya Hindus. She drew false equivalences between ‘sanghis’ and Iranian Islamists who beat Mahsa Amini to death for not wearing the hijab properly. After she faced flak from Islamists for appreciating Iranian women protesting against the imposition of the hijab, she invoked ‘Hindu supremacy’.
The left sees some kind of courage and standing up to ‘patriarchy’ but it is actually comparing oranges and mangoes when it equates the situation in Iran and India.
Even the supreme court has entertained a petition in the matter and is wasting its costly judicial time on a regressive Islamic practice. Rajeev Dhawan was seen batting for sharia as he argued that headcover was essential to ‘maintain modesty’ of minor girls in classrooms. Only the Indian secular-leftist-Islamist cabal would bat for a regressive practice that even women in Islamic nations are opposing.
On September 16, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after she was beaten up because her hijab did not cover her hair. She was admitted to a hospital on September 13 after being beaten inside the police van and a detention centre. Officials said she slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead.
As per reports, Sahgez native Amini was on a pleasure trip to Tehran along with her brother Kiarash when she was apprehended by the morality police. She was taken away for an hour-long ‘re-education’ class to the Vozara Avenue police station where other women who had violated the compulsory hijab rule of the nation were present. The women were beaten to school them regarding the country’s dress rules.
In an attempt to cover up the matter, Tehran police issued a statement on Thursday claiming Mahsa Amini already suffered from a heart problem and denied having beaten her. Human rights activist Puran Nazimi has challenged the police statement and asked them to release security camera footage to back their claim.
Hijab became compulsory in public spaces in Iran after the 1979 revolution. Iranian women have taken up the Free the Hijab campaign to break the prohibition. In recent times, the hijab police have stepped up patrolling and intimidating women in the name of moral policing in the country’s major cities.
Mahsa Amini’s death has triggered protests in Iran with women taking off their hijab to register their opposition to moral policing. “Women of Iran-Saghez removed their headscarves in protest against the murder of Mahsa Amini 22 Yr old woman by hijab police and chanting: death to the dictator! Removing the hijab is a punishable crime in Iran. We call on women and men around the world to show solidarity”, said Iranian journalist-activist Masih Alinejad.
In India, on the other hand, the row erupted after the Islamic headscarf was banned in schools in Karnataka and students were asked to comply with uniform rules. The row was triggered by anti-Hindu PFI and its student wing CFI is said to have manufactured the row by ‘counselling’ girls to wear hijab in classrooms violating uniform rules.
Even the Karnataka High Court (HC) had held that it was not an essential practice in Islam and that uniform in schools and colleges is a reasonable restriction on the Right to Religion. This does not bar Muslim women from exercising their choice on the streets or in public places. The arguments in the HC highlighted precedence showing it is not compulsory.
It is quite ironic when politicians, the judiciary, and the Islamist-leftist-liberal cabal pushes for the hijab projecting it as an essential practice of Islam in India while women in Islamic Iran are getting rid of it.
(Featured Image Source: Congress Twitter handle)