[As part of this novel campaign, women and girl students were presented red roses as a mark of appreciation for wearing the Hijab. Photo: Aman Farooq/Greater Kashmir]
Srinagar: In a touching gesture amid escalating racial attacks on Hijab waering women, a group of girls on Thursday organized a Hijab campaign outside Women's College M A Road in Srinagar.
As part of this novel campaign, women and girl students were presented red roses as a mark of appreciation for wearing the Hijab.
“Red roses, scarves, stoles and religious pamphlets were offered to girl students coming out of the college,” Syed Javid Abbas, General Secretary, the International Muslim Unity Council (IMUC), the organisation behind the campaign, is quoted by The Hindu.
The initiative however came for criticism from a section of students who opined that there are other major issues needing urgent attention.
But, Abbas said the hijab campaign was part of the ongoing campaigns in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh Muslim University and Hyderabad University.
“We are employing the soft way of putting across our message. The West, through the media, is trying to dissuade Muslim women from wearing the hijab. Kashmir is a pious land and hijab should be worn,” said Abbas.
The group also impressed upon those who were not wearing any Hijab to start wearing one.
The campaign was held amid racial attacks against Hijab wearing Muslim women taking place in different parts of the world. According to reports coming from London, a Hijab wearing woman was shoved onto an oncoming train on Thursday.
In October this year, a Hijab wearing Muslim woman was showered in alcohol in a violent Islamophobic attack in Birmingham. The victim’s experience is one of many hate attacks on Muslims that were revealed in a study by Birmingham City University criminologist Imran Awan.