Campus Front Sees ‘Conspiracy to Dehumanise Muslim Women’ in Hijab Row


CFI activists addressing press conference in Bangalore on Saturday on Hijab ban.

“Auctioning Muslim women activists at online platforms, denial of fundamental rights to Muslim students in Karnataka and Kerala are part of a larger conspiracy”

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Amidst the raging controversy over hijab in Karnataka with more colleges shutting their gates on Muslim girls, the Campus Front of India has termed the ban on the Islamic headscarf as part of an “organised nationwide conspiracy” against Muslim women.

A release issued by CFI on Saturday, after a press conference organised by its women leaders in Bangalore, said that it perceives the opposition to hijab “an organised nationwide conspiracy is systematically executed by the rightwing Hindutva groups to dehumanise Muslim women”.

Referring to the recent online attacks targetting Muslim women, the statement of the group read: “Auctioning Muslim women activists at online platforms, denial of fundamental rights to Muslim students in Karnataka and Kerala are part of a larger conspiracy”.

The student group which is active in southern states slammed the government for its “callous response” to such incidents.

“The conspirators of online auction belong to Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which proves an organised network behind this serious crime. The police were inactive against this serious crime till the Maharashtra Police arrested a few persons involved in the conspiracy,” said CFI.

“All the arrested young individuals have Hindutva connections beyond the states.”

In the Udupi College, which was, of late, in the news for its sudden decision to ban hijab, the CFI alleged the principal ordered the removal of headscarves out of the blue, ostensibly not without pressure from the management headed by a BJP MLA.

Muslim girls there have been wearing hijab to the college for long but faced no resistance before the principal’s intransigence, CFI noted. But as a group of youths, presumably indoctrinated by the Sangh Parivar, started parading saffron mufflers inside the college with a vengeance, as a counter to the girls attending classes wearing hijab, the colleges started banning the headscarf in frenzy.

The group said it was disappointing to see the colleges denying the fundamental constitutional rights to Muslim girls. “It only helps the hate-mongers,” said the group demanding a fair investigation into the issues involved in the case and arrest of the persons behind them.

The CFI urged all citizens to express their solidarity with the students who are fighting to protect their constitutional rights.


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