For several weeks, a group of Muslim women at a college in India’s southern state of Karnataka has been barred from attending classes while wearing headscarves.
Activists and experts said barring students from wearing hijab is an attack on the “symbols of faith.”
The move comes as students globally marked World Hijab Day on Tuesday.
Fawaz Shaheen, national secretary of the Students Islamic Organization of India, told Anadolu Agency the institutions that banned them from wearing hijab are doing an “unconstitutional act.”
The move to ban hijabs is not sudden but has been ongoing and is connected to the “otherization of Muslims,” the group noted.