New Delhi, Feb 11 (KMS): Muslim girls who started the resistance against the hijab ban at their college in Udupi district of Karnataka have alleged that the college authorities leaked their addresses and mobile numbers, which made them vulnerable to harassment and attacks.
According to a report in Indian media, Aliya Assadi, 17, one of the girls who protested the hijab ban, said phone numbers, parents’ names and home address were shared in WhatsApp groups.
“I’m not comfortable showing my face anymore. Already everyone knows what I look like and where my house is. What if someone is aiming at me,” Aaliya asked.
She also started wearing a burqa covering her face after her details surfaced on social media.
Another student, Hazara Shifa, said her parents were receiving calls from unknown numbers.
The group demanded answers from college authorities about how their private information was made public.
The girls accused Udupi BJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat, who happens to be the chairman of the College Development Committee (CDC), of inciting the students against the girls for wearing hijab. “He has now made not only the college but also our homes unsafe,” Assadi said.
Tensions have been skyrocketing in the state since last week when Hindu students at several colleges wore saffron shawls against the hijab. On Tuesday, they staged anti-hijab marches, sparking clashes between the two groups of students in several places. The government has issued an order banning clothing that “disrupts law and order”.
Meanwhile, a hearing by a greater bench of the Karnataka High Court is underway.