Indian diplomat summoned to convey concern over Hijab ban in Karnataka: Foreign Office

Indian diplomat summoned to convey concern over Hijab ban in Karnataka: Foreign Office

Feb 9, 2022: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday summoned India’s Charg d’Affaires at the Foreign Office to express the deep concern and condemnation of the Government of Pakistan over the highly reprehensible move to ban the wearing of hijab (headscarf) of Muslim girls in the Indian state of Karnataka. 

The Foreign Office statement read, “The Charge d’ Affaires was urged to convey to the Government of India Pakistan’s extreme concern over the anti-hijab campaign, being spearheaded by RSS-BJP combine in Karnataka, which is part of its larger exclusionist and majoritarian agenda aimed at dehumanizing and demonizing Muslim women.”

“It was also emphasised that the Government of India must fulfill its responsibility to hold the perpetrators of harassment against women in Karnataka to account and take adequate measures to ensure safety, security, and well-being of Muslim women,” the statement added.

The statement further said, “He was further urged to impress upon the Government of India to take immediate action against perpetrators and abettors of anti-Muslim violence in Indian states of Assam, Tripura, Gurugram and Uttarakhand and bring justice to the victims of Delhi Riots.”

The Indian diplomat was apprised of Pakistan’s deep concern that religious intolerance, negative stereotypes, stigma and discrimination against Muslims continue even after nearly two years have passed since the horrific riots in Delhi in February 2020. The FO added that the government of Pakistan was also alarmed by the silence of the BJP leadership and the lack of comprehensible action against Hindutva supporters openly calling for the genocide of Muslims at the recently held Dharam Sansad in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

The Foreign Office conveyed Pakistan’s stance that the international community, including the UN and OIC, especially their human rights machinery, must recognize he worrying level of Islamophobia in India and prevail upon Indian authorities to prevent systematic human rights violations against minorities in the country.

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