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Teachers stand with Muslim students over Hijab issue in India

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BENGALURU: Teachers from various parts of India expressed solidarity with Muslim girls over the hijab issue.

A statement signed in solidarity by teachers from premier institutions including Jamia Millia Islamia, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Ashoka University, NLSIU, among others, said “as teachers working in different schools, colleges and universities in different parts of India, and as Indian teachers working abroad, we stand in solidarity with Muslim students’ right to wear a hijab in the classroom if they wish to. It is a question of women’s autonomy and their agency, and the hijab does not compromise with the integrity of education in any way.”

“Our students come from different religions, castes, genders and speak different mother tongues… In the course of their education, students learn to reflect critically on the world around them and begin to interrogate beliefs and practices they grew up with. In the process, students sometimes reaffirm their beliefs, and sometimes discard them,” statement further said.

The Advocates Association Bangalore will hold a protest on Wednesday against the life threats given by a Madurai organisation to the chief justice and two other judges who delivered the hijab verdict. In a resolution passed on Monday, it decided to request the CJI to take appropriate measures to protect the institution and all judges and lawyers working under judicial institutions in the country.

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