The U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom criticized a controversial hijab ban in schools by the Indian state of Karnataka.
Rashad Hussain said in a tweet Friday that the ban would stigmatize and marginalize women and girls.
He said “Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire.”
India’s external affairs ministry on Saturday said the case was under judicial examination.
However, the Karnataka high court on Thursday kept the ban in place until it hears the case.
India’s supreme court has declined to hear the girls’ request to allow girls with hijab in schools.
Meanwhile on Monday, staff and students were asked to remove their Hijabs before they could enter at a number of Karnataka schools.