Abaya ban in Srinagar school: Principal apologises after receiving terror threat, report says
The students had protested against the administration's decision. While some supported the ban, opposition parties and Islamic scholars opposed it, calling it an attack on religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.
After several female students of Vishwa Bharti Higher Secondary School in Srinagar staged protest for being denied entry for wearing abaya, the principal of the school has now apologised after reportedly being threaten by a terror group, NDTV has reported.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti has also reacted on the incident and said that it was an attack on religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. While speaking to media, she said, “"It is our personal right to decide what to wear and what not to wear. Don't force us to do anything which is against our religion. It is our constitutional right what we wear or eat."
Further adding, she said, "Earlier we saw such incidents in Karnataka and now we are seeing this being implemented in Kashmir. We will never accept this and there will be strong reactions to this incident." "They want to turn this country into Godse's country and Jammu and Kashmir have become a laboratory for that", she added.
She further alleged, "They are now harassing Islamic scholars like Dawoodi, Veeri. Last day NIA summoned senior Islamic scholar Rehmat-ullah of Bandipora which is unacceptable. If the situation is normal after the abrogation of Article 370 why Islamic scholars are being summoned by NIA."
Nasirul Islam, Grand Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir, said while the school has issued a clarification, girls have a right to protect their modesty by wearing abaya.
"A rebuttal has been issued by the educational institution that they have not issued any order banning the abaya. The school, which was earlier for girls only, has now become co-educational school. Hence, the girls have all the right to wear burqa to maintain their modesty," Islam said.
BJP General Secretary Ashok Koul said his party was not in favour of imposing dress codes. "It's a religious issue. We are neither against it, nor in its favour. A person is free to wear whatever she wants. If anyone wants to wear a saree or salwar, there should be no compulsion in it. Every person is free to wear clothes of their choice," Koul said.
(With inputs from agencies)
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