A video of Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, winner of Miss Universe 2021, is going viral on social media. As can be seen in the viral video, Miss Universe Harnaaz Kaur was seen supporting the hijab while answering media questions at a press conference. She said that women are being targeted in the case of hijab.
When asked about the hijab controversy, Harnaaz Kaur said, “Why girls are always targeted, Girls were targeted on Hijab issue too. Let her live as she wants to live her life. Let her fly. Do not cut her wings. If you want to cut wings, cut yours instead.”
Harnaaz, who was initially hesitant to answer the question, turned to the show’s moderator, who then requested the media persons to avoid political issues and focus on Harnaaz’s journey.
When the reporter did not agree, she had to answer the question.
After her reply, the audience applauded. She further requested the media persons to ask questions about her journey to win the title as a Miss Universe contestant.
The hijab controversy erupted in January after female Muslim students at a pre-university government college in Udupi, Karnataka were denied admission to classes wearing hijabs.
The reason presented by the administration was that the students wearing hijab were violating the dress code of the institute. The students, on their part, stated that the hijab was an integral part of their religion and thus reaffirmed their right to practice their faith.
The hijab row soon made its way to other parts of northern Karnataka where right-wing students as well as Muslim women (supported by Ambedkarite and Muslim student activists) protested against and in favor of the hijab, respectively.
The state was forced to form a committee to decide on the issue and students were banned from wearing any religious garment, including the hijab, until a decision was made.
However, several protests by saffron-clad students and Muslims across the state forced the state to shut down schools and colleges for a few days.
Subsequently, a writ petition was filed by the students in the Karnataka High Court, seeking the court’s intervention in the matter.
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Protests erupted in various parts of Karnataka after the High Court delivered its verdict on the row that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government upheld the hijab ban and held that wearing hijab was not a necessary religious practice.