India slams US, Pakistan for comments on Karnataka hijab controversy

India slams US, Pakistan for comments on Karnataka hijab controversy

New Delhi: Following the United States (US) and Pakistan’s comments on the Karnataka hijab controversy, the Ministry of External Affairs said “motivated comments” on India’s internal issues would not be welcome.

In a statement, the ministry said the matter related to the dress code is under judicial scrutiny and the issues will be resolved through its constitutional framework and mechanism.

“The matter relating to dress code in certain educational institutions in the state of Karnataka is under judicial examination by the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka,” the ministry said.

“Our constitutional structures and mechanisms, as well as our democratic ethos and politics, are the context in which issues are considered and resolved. Those who know India well must have a proper understanding of these realities.” Inspired comments on our internal issues are not welcome,” the ministry added.

On Friday, the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom said Karnataka should not ban the hijab in schools, as it “violates religious freedom.”

The diplomat tweeted, “Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire. and marginalizes it.”

Pakistan had earlier summoned an Indian diplomat to convey its concerns over the hijab controversy, accusing India of “religious intolerance, negative stereotypes and discrimination against Muslims”.

Pakistan said in a statement that it was concerned with the “anti-hijab campaign being run by the RSS-BJP alliance in Karnataka”.

first published:Feb. 12, 2022, 11:39 a.m.

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