On February 12, as many as 200 angry mob of students staged a protest in the Muslim-dominated town in Kakching district in Manipur.
Students stage protest in Manipur:
The protest took place as a result of the ban on hijab in Karnataka. The protest was initiated by the All Manipur Muslim Girl Students’ Union (AMMGSU) and began from Sora town and headed towards the office of the Deputy Commissioner (Kakching).
Nevertheless, the mob was stopped by the legal authorities mid-way.
Hijab rows over the time:
The state has witnessed periodical hijab rows in the last few years wherein Muslim women and girl student’s organisations initiates various protest to defend their religious attire.
With over 28 lakh population in the state, there are around 2.5 lakh Meitei Pangals and they are concentrated in the four valley districts of Imphal East, Thoubal, Kakching and Bishnupur.
AMMGSU advisor and prominent activist Khuleibam Rukshar Choudhury said they strongly opposed the ban on hijab, which she said was being “instigated by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)”.
At the same time the Kerala Government has backed a ban on Hijab in the state.
Kerala Governor speaks on the controversy:
While speaking to the media Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said, “A young girl was brought up in the household of the Prophet. She was the niece of the Prophet’s wife. She was really beautiful. When her husband chided her for not wearing a veil, she said that God made her beautiful and placed the stamp of beauty on her. She wanted people to see her beauty, the grace of God on her and she was thankful to God for that. This was how women of first-generation behaved. That’s all I can say.”
In another statement he alleged that the ongoing hijab row is a “conspiracy”, Nota controversy.
He added that it was not a question of choice but whether a person would follow the regulations, dress code of an institution or not.