Kangana Ranaut says ‘showing courage by not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan’ amid Karnataka hijab controversy. See the article | Bollywood
Kangana Ranaut appears to have reacted to ongoing unrest in Karnataka over whether students should be allowed to wear hijab (a headscarf worn by Muslim women) in educational institutions or not. On Thursday, the Karnataka High Court banned students from wearing hijab or any religious attire until the case is pending in court.
Kangana indirectly shared her views on the matter on Instagram Stories, writing, “If you want to show courage, show it by not wearing a burqa in Afghanistan. Learn to break free, not cage yourself. She re-shared a post, originally shared by author Anand Ranganathan, who actively spoke out in favor of banning religious dress codes in schools, calling the practice ‘draconian, misogynistic, oppressive “.
The post shared by Kangana was captioned: “Iran. 1973 and now. From bikini to burqa in fifty years flat. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It showed two contrasting images of women in swimsuits and burkas, nearly 50 years apart.
The protests in Karnataka began last month when a few female students at Government Girls PU College in Udupi claimed they were not allowed to attend classes because they were wearing the hijab. Since then, several incidents of unrest have been seen in the state. Earlier this week, a video of a group of men shouting slogans, advancing towards a student in a burqa, was widely criticized on social media. Unfazed, the student was seen standing before entering the college building.
Celebrities such as Kamal Haasan, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Onir, among others, have also reacted to the ongoing protests in Karnataka, condemning “the shameful situation”. Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, who disagrees with Kangana, also tweeted Thursday that while he’s not in favor of the hijab or burqa in educational spaces, he abhors “hooliganism” on behalf of of “manliness”.
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges in the state as the confrontation between pro and anti-hijab students continues.
Kangana, who was last seen at Thalaivii, has films such as Dhaakad, Tejas and Emergency in her lineup. She was also invited to host the reality show Lock Upp.